New Director of the Cape Town Holocaust & Genocide Centre

The Cape Town Holocaust & Genocide Centre is happy to announce the appointment of a new Director, Jakub Nowakowski. 

Jakub is currently the Director of the Galicia Jewish Museum in Kraków, Poland, and will take up his new position in September 2023. He brings with him a wealth of experience in the fields of Holocaust and genocide studies and education, Jewish history, and Polish-Jewish relations.

Jakub was born and raised in Kazimierz, the former Jewish district of Kraków. Coming from a non-Jewish family living in Kazimierz for generations, he was motivated from an early age to research the history of his neighbourhood. In 2007 he graduated from the Department of Jewish Studies at the Jagiellonian University, where he wrote a thesis on Jewish resistance in Kraków during the Second World War. 

In his 13 years as director, Jakub has established the Galicia Jewish Museum as a major institution, both nationally and internationally. He has co-authored many publications and curated various exhibitions which have been mounted in Poland and internationally. He has presented and lectured widely across the world, including in South Africa, and gained international recognition for his knowledge, passion and unique insider’s perspective on Polish-Jewish relations in contemporary Poland.

In a recent article, Jakub stated that, “The past is so important precisely because it allows us to understand the present, and thus try to create a slightly better future.” He emphasises the importance of education and conversations around how hate, exclusion and deprivation of basic human rights, left unchecked, can lead to devastating consequences. 

We look forward to welcoming Jakub, his wife, Gosia, and two young sons to Cape Town, and are confident that his knowledge, leadership and expertise will take the Centre to new and exciting heights.

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