PopUp Exhibition: Agnieszka Ilwicka on Love in the Ruins: Jewish Life in Lower Silesia 1945-1968 in the voice of the oral history

Wed, May 03, 2017 12:00pm to 1:00pm
2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

Polish-born Yiddishist and oral historian Agnieszka Ilwicka will talk about her research project "Love in the Ruins: Jewish Life in Lower Silesia 1945-1968." After World War II, Lower Silesia was the largest Jewish settlement in Europe. Ilwicka will share her journey through Yiddish, Polish, Hebrew, and German stories recorded in the U.S., Israel, Germany, and Poland.

Agnieszka Ilwicka began learning Yiddish as an undergraduate at the University of Wroclaw, Poland, and she has continued her study of the language in Vilnius, Paris, London, Tel Aviv and New York. She holds a master’s degree in Polish philology and history from the University of Wroclaw, specializing in Jewish studies, and a Master of Research of the Eastern European Jewish History and Culture from the James Parkes Institute at the University of Southampton, England. She studied at the University College of London, Bar Ilan and Hebrew University in Israel. She works on her PhD at the University of Wroclaw. Since 2012 she works for the Yiddish Book Center, MA, as an oral historian. In 2016 she joined the team of The Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture.

Each week, UC Berkeley faculty and graduate students, visiting artists and other notable guests will present brief lectures focused on selected treasures from the The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life. One speaker and one object at a time, these “flash” exhibitions will include the opportunity to view the art and artifacts discussed intimately and up close.

Bring your own lunch, enjoy complimentary refreshments, and take part in an exciting learning program, free and open to the public. Close-up view of collections included.


February 15, 22; March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; April 5, 19, 26, May 3

No lecture on April 12 (Passover)

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This program was made possible in partnership with the following institutions/thanks to the following donors: Jewish Federation of the East Bay

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