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The Unexpected Generation: Polish Jews Discovering Their Roots, A Personal Story

May 7, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Sunday, May 7th at 3:00 pm

Speaker Dr. Agi Legutko, Columbia University

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Dr. Agi Legutko

Imagine discovering—as a teenager or young adult—that your parents or grandparents hid their identity for their (and your) safety. How would you feel? What would you do? Ever since the fall of Communism in Poland in 1989, when Jewish matters stopped being a taboo subject, more and more people have discovered their Jewish roots. Scholars have named this phenomenon “The Unexpected Generation” or “The Third Generation of Polish Jews” since the Holocaust. This new generation, born mostly in the 1970s and 1980s, learned about their Jewishness as teenagers or young adults and began their journey to embrace their newly-found identity. Dr. Agi Legutko is one of them. Join us as we hear from Dr. Legutko about this fascinating phenomenon and her personal story of discovery.


This program is presented in partnership with Beth Tfiloh Sisterhood.




The public programs for this project were made possible by a grant from Maryland Humanities, through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these programs do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or Maryland Humanities


May 7, 2017
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm