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.
Marcin Wodzinski's Oral History
Marcin Wodzinski, director of the Centre for the Culture and Languages of the Jews at University of Wrocław, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on April 30, 2013 at Wroclaw University, Poland.
This interview was conducted in English.
Video highlights from this oral history
Covered with Letters You Can't Understand: Censorship of Jewish Topics in Post-1968 Communist Poland2 minutes 46 seconds
Gender, Identity Building, and Culture Wars: Jewish History and Yiddish Studies in Poland2 minutes 30 seconds
"Maybe the Only Museum of this Kind in the World": The Museum of the History of the Polish Jews in Warsaw2 minutes 52 seconds
Possible Jewish Origins, "Alternative Christianity" and Identity Building: Why Polish Students Choose Jewish Studies5 minutes 34 seconds
Underground Publishing and Distribution: Academia as a Haven for Jewish Studies Discourse in Communist Poland1 minute 57 seconds
Finding "Parnose" (a Career) In Jewish Studies in Poland3 minutes 4 seconds
Not Knowing the Language, but Knowing of the Language: Speaking Biblical Hebrew in Israel1 minute 52 seconds
The Effect of Isaac Bashevis Singer's Nobel Prize on Polish Translations of Yiddish Literature1 minute 3 seconds
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