You have clicked on the link to on the Virtual Shtetl
pages of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews.
In October 2010, an agreement was signed between Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, and the new Museum of the History of Polish Jews.
This agreement unites the two organizations in a significant cooperative effort to promote research and to educate those interested in
the rich and historic culture of Polish Jewry, which dates back almost 1000 years.
Peter Jassem, Canadian representative of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews
and Stanley Diamond,
executive director of Jewish Records Indexing Poland, Inc.
The museum is on the site of the former Warsaw Ghetto. The government of Poland and the city of Warsaw are fully funding the 120 million
US dollar cost of the construction, as both levels of government understand the need to preserve the memory of this important part of its
country's heritage, while the permanent exhibition has received generous support of members of Jewish communities throughout the world.
The museum will take visitors through the Polish-Jewish experience, from the early settlements one thousand years ago, to the
centuries of development of a unique civilization, through the horror of the Holocaust, and beyond to the post-war years and the modern
revival of the Jewish community in Poland. Once completed, the museum will compare in content and importance to both Yad Vashem in Israel
and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, and promises to become an important destination for visitors and researchers
-- Jews and non-Jews alike.
Jewish Records Indexing - Poland was founded in 1995 to create searchable online indices of Polish Jewish records for those searching
their ancestral roots and seeking to reconstruct their family trees in search of living relatives. Since its inception, JRI-Poland has
indexed more than four million records, mostly from vital record registers, censuses and other sources in the Polish Archives, cemeteries,
schools and museums. The archival information is supplemented by indexes obtained from other sources, such as Polish business directories,
newspaper advertisements and private collections.
The key area of cooperation between the two organizations is the linkage of their respective town web pages. The Museum's "virtual
shtetl' pages will commemorate and build research resources for more than 1,000 Polish shtetlach. JRI-Poland has Jewish record indices
from the birth, marriage, death and census records for the Jewish families that lived in many of these same towns. By using the two websites
together, researchers will be able not only to get names, dates and sources of family records from JRI-Poland, but will also be able to learn
about town histories and view town photographs from the Museum Virtual Shtetl pages.