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
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.
Video highlights from this oral history
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
A Problem, an Instrument, a Recognition: Various Attitudes Toward Jews Within Polish History3 minutes 17 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
More information about this oral history
- Favorite Yiddish word, Yiddish words
- Career and Professional Life
- Family traditions
- Jewish holidays
- Eastern Europe
- Politics and political movements
- Youth group
- Summer camp
- Cultural transmission
- Jewish community
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