The New York Times and The Jewish Daily Forward highlighted the work of recent Polish International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) alumnus Albert Stankowski , who coordinates the “Virtual Shtetl” project for the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw.The project is a large-scale website which uses Web 2.0 technology to collect over 30,000 photographs, documents, videos, letters and other exhibit material of Jews living in Poland before, during, and after World War II.  This “virtual museum” will be given a physical venue in 2012 when the Museum of the History of Polish Jews opens in Warsaw. 

During his September meeting with U.S. journalists as part of his IVLP program, Mr. Stankowski highlighted this fascinating project, which ultimately resulted  in two articles in which the ‘Virtual Shtetl’ project is prominently featured.  The ‘Virtual Shtetl’ project appears as an example of the Polish Jewish community worldwide sharing their history while using new media tools.  Mr. Stankowski’s example illustrates the impact the IVLP program has in enhancing multilateral awareness and ties between international and U.S. communities.

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