Warsaw University Initiates Lectureship on Yiddish Studies

A lecture program on Yiddish language and culture has been established at the University of Warsaw, the World Jewish Congress reported today. The cultural and social association of Polish Jews here credits the widely-known Polish expert on Jewish history in Poland, Prof. Jerzy Tomaszewski, for initiating the lectureship.

According to Mark Friedman, director of cultural affairs of the WJC in New York, Tomaszewski, who is not Jewish, is recognized as a leading historian of Polish Jewish history in the modern era, and lectured at a Columbia University conference in New York on “Poles and Jews” in 1980.

Michal Frydman has been named as lecturer for the program which was established within the faculty of history at the University of Warsaw. Frydman, an official of the Social and Cultural Association, is a regular contributor to the Yiddish weekly newspaper in Poland, the Folks-Sztyme.

The Students enrolled in the lecture series include historians, ethnographers and other scholars for which knowledge of Yiddish is essential for their studies of Jewish-Polish relations covering almost 1,000 years of common history.

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