Oral history
History witnesses

Tatiana Morgensztern

Interlocutor name:
Interlocutor surname:
Józef Markiewicz
Przemysław Jaczewski
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Recording date:
7th June 2017
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POLIN Museum of the History of the Polish Jews
March’68 Participants and Witnesses

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Interlocutor biogram

Tatiana Morgensztern was born in 1947 in Lviv. Tatiana Morgensztern's parents survived World War II in the Soviet Union. Her father, a pre-war communist, served in the 1st Tadeusz Kościuszko Infantry Division. After the war, together with Tatiana Morgensztern and her sister Kamila, who was 4 years older than her, the Morgenszterns moved to Lviv. In 1957 the whole family returned to Poland as repatriates. After settling in Warsaw, Tatiana Morgensztern's mother, Janina nee Szafran, a historian, got a job at the Jewish Historical Institute.

In the period of March 1968 Tatiana Morgensztern studied geology at the University of Warsaw. Shortly after the events of March she decided to emigrate and in July 1968 she moved to her uncle's house in Belgium. In December 1969, Tatiana Morgensztern’s sister and her husband Natan Tenenbaum left for Sweden, and after Janina's death in 1970, her father joined them.

After 30 years of living in Belgium, Tatiana Morgensztern moved to Switzerland. In 2016, after her retirement, she moved to Israel with her second husband.

Recording circumstances description

The conversation was recorded during the Reunion'68 meeting in Naharija, Israel.

Recording summary

  1. Emigration of the family following March ’68; 00:00:33
  2. Relations with the Jewish community, TSKŻ (Social and Cultural Society of Jews in Poland), studies; 00:02:19
  3. The pre-war fate of the father, the post-war fate of the family; 00:04:18
  4. Arrival at the mother's funeral, renunciation of citizenship; 00:07:26
  5. Life in Lviv before repatriation; 00:09:38
  6. Moving to Israel, a sense of belonging, daily life in Israel; 00:11:26
  7. Preparations for emigration from Poland, departure to Belgium, efforts at assimilation in Belgium, efforts at assimilation in Switzerland; 00:18:20
  8. Life in Lviv before repatriation; 00:24:07
  9. Mother’s work at the Jewish Historical Institute; 00:26:50
  10. The fate of the sister and father after March, the parents’ fate during the occupation; 00:28:38
  11. Repatriation to Poland, everyday life in Warsaw; 00:33:01
  12. Visits to Poland after emigration, the story of the husband; 00:38:24
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