Forum for Dialogue foundation has worked in the field of Polish-Jewish dialogue since 1998. It was established by Andrzej Folwarczny, who at the time was a member of Sejm (lower chamber of the Polish Parliament) from Gliwice and chairman of the Polish-Israeli Parliamentary Group. Observing the good relations between diplomats and politicians, he noticed the lack of opportunities for building personal connections that would put fates and emotions of the people rather than state interest in the foreground. For this reason, from the outset, Forum has been providing space for Poles and Jews to meet and to get to know one another despite historical divisions.
The foundation was established in Gliwice as Forum for Dialogue Among Nations. It was from Gliwice and its sourroundings that the first board members — Anna Malec, Michał Głąbik, Aleksander Kamiński and Piotr Turecki — came from. First actions of the Forum aimed to restore the memory of Gliwice’s Jews.