Oral history
History witnesses

Tad Taube

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Joanna Król
Przemysław Jaczewski
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29th October 2014
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Museum of the History of Polish Jews POLIN
Jewish Emigrants from Poland


Emigration, Everyday life, Life before the war.

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Interlocutor biogram

Tad Taube (Tadeusz Taube) was born in Cracow in 1931. He lived in Toruń until he was 6. In 1937, Tadeusz Taube’s family moves to Warsaw to a house at the corner of Sienkiewicza Street and the Napoleona Square. It is not until Tad Taube comes to in Warsaw that he starts to learn and speak Polish – in Toruń (also at Tadeusz’s home) German was commonly used. Tad Taube’s father, Zygmunt Salo Taube from Lvov, runs a business involving export of tinned meat to the United States. He and his wife often travel, also to the USA.

 In 1939, Tad Taube’s family emigrates to the United States. Tad Taube is a Distinguished Benefactor of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

Recording summary

  1. The interviewee’s childhood memories: Warsaw, Radłów, 0:01:00
  2. The living conditions of the interviewee’s family in Toruń, the language situation in Toruń (German), job of the interviewee’s father, celebrating Jewish holidays, 0:07:50
  3. Why the interviewee’s family moved from Toruń to Warsaw, 0:11:11
  4. Why the interviewee’s family emigrated to the United States: frequent travels of the interviewee’s parents, the impact of anti-Semitic incidents in Germany in the thirties, 0:12:00
  5. Practical aspects of emigration to the USA, 0:15:00
  6. The interviewee’s journey to the United States: the notions of an 8-year-old Tadeusz of America, the railway journey to Paris – crossing the territory of Germany, travelling on board of the Queen Mary ship – description of the “economy class,” stay in Ellis Island, 0:16:00
  7. The stories of the interviewee’s family members who stayed in Poland: the interviewee’s adoptive sister being hidden by nuns, the interviewee’s adoptive sister (Nita) coming to the United States in 1946 (journey through Sweden and Canada), 0:22:15
  8. The letters exchanged between the United States and the family who stayed in the occupied Poland; death of the interviewee’s father, 0:25:15
  9. The interviewee’s thoughts on the personal significance of Poland as his place of birth; his first trip to Poland since emigrating; the attitude of the interviewee’s mother to Poland in the post-war period, 0:29:20
  10. The interviewee’s impressions from his trips to Poland in the communist era, 0:32:00
  11. The interviewee’s thoughts on the economic and social dynamics of Poland after the fall of communism: the example of Cracow, 0:33:00
  12. The interviewee’s reasons for supporting the idea of building the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, 0:37:20
  13. The interviewee’s identity self-declaration; thoughts on the revival and development of Jewish life in Poland, 0:40:30
  14. The interviewee’s thoughts on the message sent by the Museum of the History of Polish Jews: development of the Jewish Christian culture, 0:42:00
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