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.
Discovering My Polish Family's Jewish History
Katka Reszke—wrtier, filmmaker and Polish-Jewish activist—explains the astounding process of discovering her family's secret Jewish identity and her own status as a halakhic Jew -- all this, years after having converted, made aliyah (immigrated to Israel) and written a book on Polish Jewry.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Katka Reszke.
This excerpt is in English.
Katka Reszke was born in Wroclaw, Poland in 1978.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Constantly in the Process of Becoming: Reflections on the "Third Generation" of Jews in Poland
1 min 58 sec
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"Positive Reasons to Visit Poland": Festivals, Academia, and Contemporary Jewish Life in Poland
2 min 10 sec
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The Importance of Asking Questions: The Challenge to Future Generations of Polish Jews
2 min 7 sec
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"Not a Renaissance, An Entirely New Phenomenon": The Making of Contemporary Polish Jewish Culture
1 min 40 sec
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"It's Very Interesting to Understand Why": Varied Jewish Communities within Poland
2 min 18 sec
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A Joke, A Riddle, A Family Secret: My Polish Great-Grandmother's Hidden Jewish Identity
1 min 39 sec
Slide 6 of 9