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We would like to devote a separate section here to the outstanding Polish-Jewish scholars who have made such a significant contribution to both Polish and international learning. Bearing in mind the "bench ghettos" (getta lawkowe), one should also remember that it is precisely in scholarly pursuits that certain barriers are broken quite quickly.
The Jewish contribution to European learning most often calls to mind the achievements of the Middle Ages, when, along with the Arabs, it was the Jews who preserved for Europe its own heritage–the works of the great Greek philosophers. During the second half of the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth, one can readily see how great the Jewish contribution to scholarship was, which was also related to the process of assimilation and influence of the Jewish Enlightenment. Albert Einstein is most often cited as an example of a Jewish scientist in this context. Here, we will include those who were tied with Poland and Polish society.
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Artists and Writers
 - Samuel Josef Agnon
 - Miriam Akavia
 - Ida Fink
 - Henryk Grynberg
 - Mela Muter
 - Abraham Neuman
 - Isaac Leib Peretz
 - Bruno Schulz
Between Zionism and Assimilation
 - Szymon Aszkenazy
Industrialists, Pioneers in Business
 - Jan Bogumil Bloch
 - Natan Glucksberg
 - Leopold Kronenberg
 - Maurycy Orgelbrand
 - Samuel Orgelbrand
 - Szmul Zbytkower
Rabbis and Tzaddikim
 - Juda Liw Ben Bekalela
 - Chafetz Chaim
 - Moses Isserles
 - Asher ben Jechiel
 - Icchak ben Meir Lewi
 - Elimelech of Lezajsk
 - Moses Maimonides
 - Dov Ber of Mezritch
 - Moses ben Nachman
 - Nachman ben Simcha
 - Elijah ben Solomon
 - Baal Shem Tov
Scholars
 - Zygmunt Bauman
 - Aleksander Hertz
Tragedy of the Twentieth Century
 - Wiktor Alter
 - Wladyslaw Bartoszewski
 - Adam Czerniakow
 - Marek Edelman
 - Jakub Herman
 - Jan Karski
 - Janusz Korczak
 - Witold Pilecki
 - Emmanuel Ringelblum
 - Chaim Rumkowski
 - Jozef Szajna

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