Tsukunft meeting in Warsaw, the capital of Poland, 1930s. Tsukunft was the youth organization of the socialist, secular Bund. Like many other Jews, its members partook in Warsaw’s bustling marketplace of political ideologies.
In this clip from the feature documentary "Who Will Write Our History," Rachel Auerbach, a leading member of the Oyneg Shabes, describes the richness of Jewish life in Warsaw, Poland, before World War II.
A volleyball team in Szczuczyn, Poland. In the interwar years, it was not uncommon for Jewish children to participate in school or community recreational activities with non-Jewish children. Despite the lurking danger of antisemitism, Jews often had close relationships with Christians, which led many to believe that Jewish integration was possible and might even be welcomed.
A group of Jewish children, prewar, Lublin, Poland. Between the two world wars, Jews constituted Poland’s second-largest minority group. While many Polish Jews still lived a traditional life in rural towns, many moved to cities, where many quickly acculturated to modern life.
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