Polish Culture Ministry cancels funding of Holocaust journal

WARSAW, Poland (JTA) – Poland’s Ministry of Culture and National Heritage will not continue funding the journal of  “Holocaust Studies and Materials.” 

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The decision not to renew funding for the journal, published by Polish Center for Holocaust Research at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences, was announced last week.

The Ministry of Culture provides grants for what it considers to be the most important national magazines. This year, however, the ministry changed the rules by which it allocates grants. The ministry decided that it will no longer support socio-political, religious, national, scientific or historical magazines.

“Holocaust Studies and Materials” has continuously been funded by the Ministry of Culture since its inception eight years ago.

“So far the ministry grants have been a significant part of our budget,” Jakub Petelewicz of the Center for Holocaust Research told JTA.

The Journal requested about $23,000 for “Holocaust Studies and Materials” in Polish, and $18,000 for the English edition, according to Petelewicz.

“Holocaust Studies and Materials” is the only journal in Poland dealing with tissues of the Holocaust.

Culture Minister Bogdan Zdrojewski said on Wednesday that he will examine the issue. Earlier in the week, the Center for Holocaust Research filed an appeal against the ministry’s decision.

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