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.

More Deeply Engaged in the Space: How Studying Jewish History Has Changed My Experience of Poland

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  • Kamil Kijek, doctoral student in History at the Polish Academy of Science in Warsaw, explains how his understanding of Kielce and Warsaw has changed along with his growing knowledge of Jewish-Polish history.

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.

More information about this oral history excerpt

Themes in this oral history excerpt:

  • Kamil Kijek
  • Poland
  • Jewish Studies
  • mikveh
  • German language
  • Germany
  • Polish language
  • Kielce
  • Kielce pogrom
  • 1940s
  • Jewish Identity
  • Immigration, Migration
  • Other languages
  • Career and Professional Life
  • Jewish professions
  • Scholarship, Academia
  • World War Two
  • Jewish education
  • Synagogue, shul, temple
  • Old Country
  • Eastern Europe
  • Politics and political movements
  • Roots/heritage
  • Jewish community
  • Rural
  • Urban
  • Shtetl
  • Travel
  • Love, Relationships

About the Wexler Oral History Project

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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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