Oral history
History witnesses

Marek Huf

Interlocutor name:
Interlocutor surname:
Joanna Król
Przemysław Jaczewski
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Recording date:
28th April 2014
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Museum of the History of Polish Jews POLIN
Jews in Poland

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Interlocutor biogram

Marek Huf was born in Dzierżoniów in 1952. His father was a Polish Jew, a communist who survived the war in the Soviet Union, while his mother was Polish. After the war, his father joined the Polish United Workers' Party (PZPR), worked as director of the Cultural Centre “Bawełna” belonging to the “Silesiana” textile factory in Dzierżoniów; he died in 1967. After the death of the father, the Huf family decided to remain in Poland, despite the fact that members of the Jewish community in Dzierżoniów offered them an opportunity to leave for Israel. In 1980, Marek Huf again became interested in the work performed by the Social and Cultural Society of Jews in Poland (TSKŻ), which he attended as a child. Since 2004, he has worked as a cultural instructor at TSKŻ in Dzierżoniów. He is also an owner of a company specialising in sanitary services and his own music band. He has three sons: Maciej, Marcel and Maurycy. The oldest son Maurycy made aliyah to Israel in 2000, while  the two other sons are members of the Jewish religious community in Wrocław. Marek Huf feels both Polish and Jewish.

Recording circumstances description

The recording was made at the seat of TSKŻ in Dzierżoniów at Krasickiego Street.

Recording summary

  1. First recollection of participating in events organised by TSKŻ in Dzierżoniów, 0:00:00
  2. Schools in Dzierżoniów, the school run by the Children’s Friends Association (TPD), the Polish school which the Interviewee attended, 0:02:00
  3. Dzierżoniów as a multicultural town, lack of violence towards Jews in Dzierżoniów, 0:03:40
  4. Atheist upbringing in the family home, 0:04:40
  5. Death of the father when the Interviewee was seven years old ; employment of the father before his death; communist beliefs of the father, 0:06:30
  6. Opportunity to leave Dzierżoniów thanks to the Jewish religious community after the death of the father; decision to remain in Poland, 0:07:10
  7. Return of the interviewee to TSKŻ after many years, becoming its member in 1980, 0:07:30
  8. Bringing up children in the spirit of Jewish identity; aliyah of the oldest son to Israel, 0:08:25
  9. Maintaining the tradition of Jewish holidays at the laicised TSKŻ branch in Dzierżoniów, 0:09:40
  10. Yiddish in the family home, life of the father during WWII, 0:11:25
  11. Cultural activities relating to the topic of multiculturalism in Dzierżoniów, 0:12:50
  12. Return of the Interviewee to the topic of bringing up sons in the spirit of Jewish identity, 0:18:20
  13. Contact with the oldest son who left for Israel in 2000, 0:20:32
  14. Interviewee's visit to meet his family in Israel in 1990; impressions from his visit in Israel, 0:21:15
  15. Learning about Jewish holidays in TSKŻ, 0:26:30
  16. Description of a TSKŻ instructor's obligations, 0:30:00
  17. Congregation of Jews from Dzierżoniów in 2010, 0:34:30
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