Meet the speakers

at We Are Museums 2017

Klara Jackl

Specialist, Polish Righteous project at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews (PL)

Klara is a graduate of cultural studies and museum studies and the coordinator of the “Polish Righteous – Recalling Forgotten History”, the POLIN ‘s web project. She is also the curator of several online and offline exhibitions


Klara’s Workshop

Testimony, object, story:
online projects as tools in civic and history education

How to tell a dramatic and touching wartime story in a form that will be appropriate but also attractive enough to catch people’s attention in the internet age? It is not easy to strike the right balance between historical content, simplicity of a form and  attractiveness of the message.

The goal of the online project, dedicated to Poles rescuing Jews during WWII was to create online exhibitions based on our collection of oral testimonies, documents and objects. This kind of  digital medium allows us to show a historical narration which is engaging and interactive. The stories of the Righteous told in the exhibitions have potential to serve as a basis for developing civic attitudes, sensitivity to the suffering of others and openness  to cultural differences.

Format of the worshop

Brief presentation of the digital collection of the brand new website dedicated to Poles rescuing Jews during the Holocaust and of the ways in which the project’s assets (testimonies, documents, photos, objects) are used  to grow awareness on rescuers and educate about their civic attitude.
Focus on online exhibitions and their presence on social media.
Participants will be invited to discuss how to efficiently use new digital media to tell dramatic or touching stories of people, places and objects, so the recipient of the story may comprehend its value and eventually be inspired.

“I took part in WAM in 2014 and I found the conference enlightening for my understanding of the role of museums and museum education. Running an online museum project, I try to use new digital trends as much as possible, but the wartime topic of the project  makes that not an easy case. I would like to exchange the experience with other museum specialists, show them my methods of using new medias and find new ways of reaching more, especially young, recipients of similar history projects.” Klara Jackl