Donors anxious over stalemate at Poland’s Jewish museum

WARSAW, Poland — A Jewish association says private donors to Poland’s renowned Jewish history museum have suspended their donations out of concern at the government’s failure to extend the term of its director.

A special commission in May approved Dariusz Stola for another five-year term, but Culture Minister Piotr Glinski has not yet officially reappointed him.

Glinski said recently it was because Stola had allegedly refused to make the museum available for a conference related to the ruling conservative party.

The Museum of the History of Polish Jews POLIN is jointly managed and funded by a Jewish association, the city of Warsaw and the Culture Ministry.

Head of the association Piotr Wislicki says it is running smoothly under an acting director, but many donors, including in the United States, have suspended their contributions, concerned for its future.

— AP

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