The Yiddish Book Center's
Wexler Oral History Project
A growing collection of in-depth interviews with people of all ages and backgrounds, whose stories about the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture offer a rich and complex chronicle of Jewish identity.
Underground Publishing and Distribution: Academia as a Haven for Jewish Studies Discourse in Communist Poland
Marcin Wodzinski, Director of the Centre for the Culture and Languages of the Jews at University of Wrocław, explains that while freedom came with the Polish Communist government ending in 1989, discussions about Jewish topics had arrived about a decade earlier to those at Polish universities.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Marcin Wodzinski.
This excerpt is in English.
Marcin Wodzinski was born in Swidnicy, Poland in 1966.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
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Covered with Letters You Can't Understand: Censorship of Jewish Topics in Post-1968 Communist Poland
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Not Knowing the Language, but Knowing of the Language: Speaking Biblical Hebrew in Israel
1 min 52 sec
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Gender, Identity Building, and Culture Wars: Jewish History and Yiddish Studies in Poland
2 min 30 sec
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Possible Jewish Origins, "Alternative Christianity" and Identity Building: Why Polish Students Choose Jewish Studies
5 min 34 sec
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"Maybe the Only Museum of this Kind in the World": The Museum of the History of the Polish Jews in Warsaw
2 min 52 sec
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