Oral history
History witnesses

Oral history

POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews boasts a collection of over 1000 oral history accounts. The majority of the interviews were conducted by way of a biographical method, in AV formats. Our interviewees are mostly Polish Jews, their descendants, or Poles who were witnesses of Jewish life stories. We record the accounts of representatives of three generations: the wartime generation (people born prior to the outbreak of WW2), the postwar generation, and the youngest generation, growing up during the period of political transformation in Poland (late 1980s, early 1990s). Museum Donors are an important group amongst the interviewees – the people who donated keepsakes related to the history and culture of Polish Jews to the POLIN collection. Oral history accounts may be viewed alphabetically, by names of projects or by historical topics they pertain to. The tabs will be available in both Polish and English.

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