Youth Organisation of the Workers’ University Association

Youth Organisation of the Workers’ University Association– a socialist youth organisation associated with the Polish Socialist Party. Founded in 1926, it was organising cultural and sport events, and opposing to clericalism and anti-Semitism. The organisation was embracing youth from all backgrounds. In 1932 it had about 6,500 members in 85 places. In the 1930s the organisation had politically radicalized and it began to cooperate with the radical peasant movement and communists. Re-established in 1944, the organisation had about 100,000 members in 1948. After WWII it was running, among others, day-care rooms, libraries, sport clubs. In July 1948 the organisation became a part of the Union of Polish Youth.

The term was created within the framework of the project Zapisywanie świata żydowskiego w Polsce [recording the Jewish environment in Poland], whose author is Anka Grupińska, a well-known Polish journalist and writer, specializing in the modern history of the Polish Jews. The project, initiated in 2006 by the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, consists in recording interviews with Polish Jews from all generations.
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