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.

Kamil Kijek's Oral History

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Kamil Kijek, doctoral student in History at the Polish Academy of Science in Warsaw, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on April 30, 2013 at Wroclaw University, Poland.

This interview was conducted in English.

This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.

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Themes in this oral history:

  • Kamil Kijek, Wroclaw, Poland, England, Joint Distribution Committee, Museum of the History of Jews in Poland,
  • Advice
  • Favorite Yiddish word
  • Yiddish words
  • Literature
  • Career and Professional Life
  • Scholarship
  • Academia
  • Holocaust
  • Education
  • Family traditions
  • Jewish holidays
  • Israel
  • Zionism
  • Eastern Europe
  • Politics and political movements
  • Youth group
  • Summer camp
  • Transmission
  • Roots
  • heritage
  • Anti-Semitism
  • Jewish community
  • Assimilation

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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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