Interview with Małgorzata Mazurek, who was recently named the first Polish Studies Chair at Columbia University. Interview conducted in New York on May 15, 2014. Special thanks to Máté Rigó, Ph.D. candidate in History at Cornell University, for preparing a time-stamped inventory of the interview.
Mazurek is the author of three monographs in Polish, including Waiting in Lines: On Experiences of Scarcity in Postwar Poland (2010), The Anthropology of Scarcity in the GDR and Poland, 1971-1989 (2010), and Socialist Factory: Workers in People's Poland and in the GDR on the Eve of the Sixties (2005). She has also written several reviews, contributions to edited volumes, and articles in English. To access the interview, click here.
1:34:00 Experience of switching between disciplines, importance of language skills
ARTIFACT: Found Nazi Stamp Album
Małgorzata Mazurek shares some images from "the most precious object" her family owns, which is a Nazi stamp album that her grandfather--Adam Feil, later Adam Mazurek--found in the garbage in Warsaw at the end of World War II. During the postwar years, he collected additional stamps to fill the pages, but also "to tell his own story about WWII," Małgosia says, "a story told from the perspective of a Polish Jew and socialist." One of the additions is a portrait of her grandfather, inserted into the book "as if it was just another portrait-stamp," complete with the "value" of the stamp (5 Polish złoty). A handwritten commentary to the right of the "stamp" notes that the photo was taken on September 3, 1942, the day that Adam Feil escaped from a train transport to Bełżec.
|"Portrait stamp" of Adam Feil (Mazurek), September 3, 1942|
|Stamps with Judenrat (Jewish council) postmarks from WWII|
|The demise of Nazi Germany and liberation of Poland in stamps|
|Allied and Postwar Stamps|