Man Overboard. Polish Jews in Denmark
March 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the Polish student revolt, which was the start of the persecution of Jews in communist Poland. The persecutions resulted in massive Jewish emigration from Poland. About 25000-30000 Polish Jews left the country in the years 1968-72 as political refugees. This Jewish Exodus from Poland is known as March-emigration.
The project “Man Overboard – Jews from Lodz 50 years after March” seeks to shed light on the fate of the Polish Jews from the city of Lodz, who left Poland in this period.
The project includes over 60 persons from all walks of life who nearly 50 years ago settled and made a living i.a. in Denmark. In filmed interviews, the Lodz Jews share their lives and experiences as refugees. They tell us about their struggle for survival, about their successes, their joys and worries, about what they have gained, and perhaps what they have lost.
The Man Overboard interviews will be presented as solo exhibitions in Denmark and Poland, 50 years after the Polish Jews were forced out of their country.
The project’s authors are Kamila Bogulewska (photos) and Aleksander Milchtach Sław (interviews). Danish Cultural Institute has taken the patronage of the project.
Man Overboard / opening of the exhibition
March 11th, 2018
The Marek Edelman Dialogue Center
Wojska Polskiego 83, Lodz
May 3rd, 2018
Danish Jewish Museum in Copenhagen
Proviantpassagen 6, Copenhagen
November 5th, 2018
Copenhagen Town Hall
Rådhuspladsen 1, Copenhagen