Zbigniew Antoni Kruszewski was born and lived in Warsaw until 1952. Today he is a citizen of the United States. Until the ghetto was built, he lived on Długa Street, on the border between two worlds: Polish and Jewish. He recalls, “When Jewish holidays came, the whole street sounded Yiddish.” As a young boy, he saw the ghetto burn during the uprising. “I saw Polish and Jewish flags, a blue flag on the other side of Muranowska Street, hoisted by the Jewish Military Union on the first day.”
We invite you to watch the next series of film interviews conducted as part of the multi-year program “Independent” for 2017–2022. This time, residents of Warsaw, Łódź, Vilnius, Nowogródek, Oświęcim, Mińsk Mazowiecki, Tykocin and Bliżyn shared their memories. They told about their Jewish neighbors, about the events of a common – and from a certain point of their own history, which remained in their memory.
The series of 10 interviews was prepared by the Education Department and is part of the activities of #MGWonline. The project was funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.