IAJGS 2016 Speaker Profile: Matan Shefi

Screen Shot 2016-07-24 at 4.06.32 PMMatan Shefi works at the Family Heritage and Jewish Genealogy Center in the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, Poland. He is a History studies graduate from Hebrew University in Jerusalem and has been living in Poland for about three years.

Storytelling in Jewish-Polish Genealogy” (Weds-134), 1:30 – 2:45 P.M.

Genealogy is not only information finding, it is telling a story. Poland’s Jewish history is specifically traumatic and has many gaps, silences, and blind-spots in it. The proposed talk will present the spectrum of stories in the Jewish Historical Insitute’s Genealogy department, and will try to show how focusing on the story-telling quality of the Genealogical project, such critical problems can be tackled.

Topics: Genealogy and Jewish history related to WWI, Jewish history and culture, Poland