The New York Times celebrates the opening of Poland's new Jewish museum:
Although it chronicles centuries of Jewish history in Poland, the museum was not an exclusively Jewish undertaking. The Polish government, Jewish groups and private donors worked together to raise roughly $100 million. The city provided the land free of charge and, along with the federal government, covered the construction costs. The Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland raised money for the permanent exhibition, which was not ready for this week’s soft opening but will be ready next year.
“Economically we are not a poor country anymore,” said Waldemar Dabrowski, the minister of culture’s liaison to the museum. “As a society it is healthy to be morally capable of doing such a thing.”
While many significant donations came from American organizations and individuals, Poland’s richest man, Jan Kulczyk, who is not Jewish, gave $6.4 million last summer. “When the Jewish nation and the Polish nation, when we are together, when we look in the same direction, it is great for us, great for Poland and great for the world,” said Mr. Kulczyk ….