Hanna Węgrzynek is a research fellow at the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw. She graduated in history from Warsaw University and received a post-graduate diploma in archival studies from Mikołaj Kopernik University in Toruń. She got her Ph.D. in 1995 from the Institute of History at the Polish Academy of Sciences. Her M.A. dissertation on the Jews in Przemyśl until 1559 got honourable mention in a competition organized by the Shalom Foundation and Israeli Embassy in Warsaw, while her doctoral dissertation on blood libel accusations in early modern Poland was awarded by the Foundation for Polish Culture.
She has had a variety of professional experience, working in the Main Archives for Historical Records in Warsaw, the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Polish National Commission for UNESCO, and the Warsaw School of Economics. At present she cooperates with many research and educational institutions. In her research she focuses on Jewish-Christian relations in the 15th-18th centuries. She is also engaged in the popularisation of Jewish history and especially the Holocaust in Polish school curricula. Since 1997 she has written several analyses devoted to this topic (amongst others) for the American Jewish Committee, the Polish Sejm (Parliament) and Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She is the author of books and articles devoted to the history of Jews in Poland including The Jewish “Black Legend”: Blood Libel Trials in Old Poland (in Polish, 1995); The Treatment of Jewish Themes in Polish Schools (1998); History and Culture of Polish Jews: A Reference Book (in Polish, 2000 – in cooperation with Alina Cała and Gabriela Zalewska) and Milles ans des Juifs en Pologne (2004).
Hanna Węgrzynek will present a lecture entitled: The Jews of Warsaw, 1527-1792.