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.
A Problem, an Instrument, a Recognition: Various Attitudes Toward Jews Within Polish History
Kamil Kijek, doctoral student in History at the Polish Academy of Science in Warsaw, describes two viewpoints on Jewish life - within Polish culture - that he sees as extremes, and goes on to explain how he thinks Jewish Studies are more generally seen in Poland.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Kamil Kijek.
This excerpt is in English.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
A Problem, an Instrument, a Recognition: Various Attitudes Toward Jews Within Polish History3 minutes 17 seconds
Telling Everyone, To Check: One Teenager's Jewish Identity in Poland2 minutes 44 seconds
My Grandparents’ Attitudes Toward and Uses Of Yiddish1 minute 48 seconds
“Staunchly Apolitical: On the Usefulness of Being Politically Unaligned2 minutes 46 seconds
Empathy to Understand “the Other”: On the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw4 minutes 14 seconds
More Deeply Engaged in the Space: How Studying Jewish History Has Changed My Experience of Poland2 minutes 36 seconds
From Military Academy to Jail: My Grandfather, an Assimilated Jew in Soviet Russia3 minutes 57 seconds
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Since 2010, the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project has recorded more than 500 in-depth video interviews that provide a deeper understanding of the Jewish experience and the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture.
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