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Published on Oct 28, 2014
Video ID: 20141028-008
W/S Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin approaching memorial C/U Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin approaching memorial W/S Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin approaching memorial M/S Audience SOT, Bronislav Komorowski, President of Poland (in Polish): "I am glad to be opening the museum's exhibition under its wonderful name Polin. Polin means 'here you will rest,' which is how Jews referred to Poland in Hebrew." W/S Ceremony SOT, Reuven Rivlin, President of Israel (Hebrew): "There are people who claim that the state of Israel is compensation for the Holocaust. There is no greater mistake than this kind of thinking. The state of Israel is not compensation for the Holocaust. The state of Israel came into existence because it had the right to exist and Poland is the best embodiment of this right." C/U Audience C/U Fire burning on menorah M/S Musicians and fire burning on menorah C/U Memorial W/S Nożyk Synagogue C/U Sign '100 Year History of Polish Jews' M/S Interior of museum M/S Museum entrance M/S Interior of museum M/S Interior of museum
Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski and his Israeli counterpart Reuven Rivlin formally inaugurated the Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw on Tuesday, almost a year and a half later after it first opened to the public.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Rivlin said that the state of Israel was "not compensation for the Holocaust" and said that Poland is best embodiment of Israel's right to exist.
Polin, which means in Hebrew 'in here you'll rest', consists of eight galleries, each recounting the history of Polish Jews from a different time period. Highlights of the museum include century-old manuscripts, a vast array of multimedia installations and a scale sized replica of a synagogue.
The Jewish community which once constituted ten percent of Poland (3.3 million Jews) and about 30 percent of the city of Warsaw (350,000 Jews) before World War II, was killed with only between 200,000 to 300,000 surviving the Holocaust, and only an estimated 7,000 left in Poland today.
Private Jewish donors from across the world, alongside Polish donors, the city of Warsaw and the Polish culture ministry together funded the museum and the core exhibition to the tune of over 75 million euros ($95 million).