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.
Katarzyna Leszczyńska's Oral History
Katarzyna Leszczyńska, Evangelist Jewish studies scholar and March of Life volunteer who grew up near Auschwitz, was interviewed by Agnieszka Ilwicka on October 9, 2014 in Wroclaw, Poland.
This interview was conducted in English.
Video highlights from this oral history
"There is a Risk That the Interest Will Die Out:" The Future of Yiddish2 minutes 25 seconds
A Non-Jewish Pole's Interest in Jewish Studies1 minute 25 seconds
"Growing Up on the Volcano": Non-Jewish Childhood in Auschwitz in the 1990s2 minutes 14 seconds
The Surviving Synagogue in Auschwitz1 minute 57 seconds
"As If It Was My Own Story": The Powerful Impact of Anne Frank's Diary on a 12-year-old Polish Evangelist Girl5 minutes 13 seconds
"Our Responsibility as Poles is to Face the Truth": The International Perception of Poland, Anti-Semitism, and Remembering the Holocaust in Poland Today5 minutes 54 seconds
More information about this oral history
- Favorite Yiddish word
- Yiddish words
- Family histories
- Yiddish language
- Yiddish learning
- Yiddish revival and activism
- Immigration and migration
- World War II
- Jewish education
- Family traditions
- Eastern Europe
- Western Europe
- Youth group
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