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Jewish Warsaw

Many of our favorite websites at The Scout Report are created by museums. One exemplar is Jewish Warsaw: a three-part multimedia exhibit designed by the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Jewish Warsaw is expertly designed, inviting visitors to explore powerful archival materials through interactive timelines, maps, and nine original comic strips created by Monika Powalisz and Jacek Michalski.

From the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews comes Jewish Warsaw - a powerful online exhibit that allows visitors around the world to learn about the history of Warsaw through the eyes of historical and contemporary Jewish individuals. This three-part project utilizes Google Maps, archival material from the POLIN Museum, and original comics. In the first part, visitors learn about the life and work of Janusz Korczak via an interactive timeline and historic map of Warsaw that allows users to visit important sites in Korczak's life. Tragically, Korczak, who founded a children's magazine and directed an orphanage, was murdered at Treblinka extermination camp in 1942. Next, in Stories and sketches, visitors can explore original comics, authored by Monika Powalisz and drawn by Jacek Michalski, that tell the stories of nine individuals "who greatly influenced the social and cultural life" of Warsaw. By clicking on a series of links embedded in the comics, visitors can view related materials and learn more. Finally, Past and present reveals three virtual tours of Warsaw: Common History: 1414-1939, Holocaust: 1939-1945, and Our Varshe: 1945-2016. Historical documents, sketches, photographs, and video clips are incorporated into the tours.
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