UNIVERITY OF WROCLAW –MY FIRST UNIVERSITY 

 

UNIVERITY OF WROCLAW

MY FIRST UNIVERSITY

SOPHIA LEWINTER-BRAUN (TEL AVIV 7.3.2016)

IN PREVIOUS MEMORIES, IN EVERY PLACE I HAVE LIVED THE HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY WAS VERY INTERESTING AS WELL AS UNIQUE.

I WAS BORN IN 1947 IN TARNOPOL (RUSSIA), PRESENTLY THE UKRAINE). I LIVED IN LENINGRAD, (NOW, ST. PETERSBURG), AND STUDIED IN WROCLAW (POLAND) AND IN BRESLAU (GERMANY).

TEL AVIV, RAMAT AVIV, BEFORE 1948 – WAS AN ARAB VILLAGE CALLED “SHAH MUNIS”.

 

THE BEAUTIFUL UNIVERISTY OFWROCLAW

GENERAL INFORMATION

uniwerystet we wroclawiu

https://international.uni.wroc.pl/en/s3.php

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Stork_Synagogue

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Jewish_Cemetery,_Wroc%C5%82aw

 

 

AS I PREVIOUSLY WROTE, I COMPLETED MY MATRICULATION IN 1965, AT THE JEWISH LICEUM IN THE LARGEST CLASS CONSISTING OF 36 PUPILS (LAMED VAV ZADIKIM).

I DECIDED TO STUDY CHEMISTRY BECAUSE OF MY FATHER z”l.

HE WAS THE FIRST JEW IN POST-WAR POLAND WHO BEGAN MANUFACTURING PLASTC PRODUCTS, PRIMARILY FOR SCHOOLS (TRIANGLES, LINERS, ECT. SUBSTITUTING WOOD AND METAL)

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IN OUR UNIVERSITY CLASS THERE WERE THREE JEWISH GIRLS: LEA B, JULIA R. AND SERKA LEWINTER (MYSELF). THESE GIRLS HAD GREAT SCIENTIFIC TALENT. BOTH LEA AND JULIA HOLD DOCTORAL DEGREES TODAY AND HAVE BUILT IMPRESSIVE ACADEMIC CARREERS INCLUDING PUBLICATIONS AS WELL AS AWARDS.

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AULA LEOPOLDINA – WHERE WE SANG “GAUDEMUS IGITUR”

 

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STUDYING CHEMISTRY WAS VERY DIFFICULT FOR ME, IT WAS NOT MY DESTINY.

THANK G-D I HAD FRIENDS FROM THE ARTS AND MUSIC FACULTIES. EVERY WEEK ON THURSDAYS I WENT TO A CONCERT IN THE SAME BUILDING WITH MY FRIEND RUTH H. WHO LATER BECAME A PROFESSIONAL PIANIST IN WASHINGTON, DC. WE WENT FREQUENTLY TO THE FAMOUS WROCLAW THEATRE OF GROTOWSKI

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerzy_Grotowski

I ALSO ENJOYED WALKING THROUGH THE JEWISH CEMETERY.  OUR FIRST SCHOOL MASTER, MRS. CYNGISER, WAS BURRIED THERE IN 1960, AND SINCE THEN IT ATTRACTED ME AS A MAGNET.  THIS MYSTERY OF THE RICH AND GLORIOUS PAST IN CONTRAST TO A DESTROYED CITY AFTER THE WAR.

PLEASE WATCH THE UTUBE FILM AND JOIN ME ON THE WALK…

STUDENT LIFE IN WROCLAW WAS VERY INTERESTING AND PROBABLY MY BEST PERIOD DURING THAT TIME. THIS INFLUENCE IS STILL VIVID IN THE BACKGROUND OF MY CULTURE AND ERUDITION.

AT THAT TIME WE DID NOT REALIZE THAT WE WERE ACTUALLY LIVING IN A RICH BUT DESTROYED GERMAN CITY WITH GREAT JEWISH INFLUENCE AND CONTRIBUTIONS IN EVERY FIELD OF SCIENCE, MEDICINE, THE ARTS, POLITICS, INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE ETC.

I BECAME AWARE OF A PREVOUS GERMAN CHEMIST FROM THIS UNIVERSITY YEARS LATER IN ISRAEL WHEN WE STUDIED THE HABER-WEISS REACTION INSTITUTE.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haber%E2%80%93Weiss_reaction      

zosia 1zosia 2 FRITZ HABER AND HIS WIFE CLARA IMMERWAHR….  THE FIRST WOMAN WITH A PH.D., A JEWISH SCIENTIST WHO CONVERTED TO CHRISTIANITY AND PAYED DEARLY FOR IT.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fritz_Haber

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clara_Immerwahr

FILM HABER: https://vimeo.com/18728629

 Film mozna  ogladac po kliknieciu na powyzszy link

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NO ONE TOLD US THAT IT WAS DONE IN THIS LABORATORY AND HABER WAS A BRESLAUER JEW WHO RECEIVED THE NOBEL PRICE AND THROUGH HIS “DEVOTION TO SCIENCE” DISCOVERED  MUSTARD GAS.

NO ONE TOLD US THAT THERE WERE OTHER FAMOUS DEVOTED JEWS WHO GREATLY LOVED THE “FATERLAND” BUT WERE NOT ABLE TO PREDICT THE HOLOCAUST.

AFTER TWO AND A HALF YEARS A STUDENT, BAD TIMES BEGAN ONCE MORE.

IN 1967, AFTER ISRAEL’S VICTORY IN THE SIX DAY WAR, THE POLISH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALY ANNOUNCED THAT CITIZENS OF JEWISH ORIGIN ARE NOT WELCOME IN POLAND BECAUSE OF THEIR DUAL LOYALITY TO POLAND AND TO ISRAEL (WHO WAS THEIR ENEMY, AND AT THAT TIME POLAND BROKE ALL DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS WITH ISRAEL) – BECOMING THE FIFTH COLUMN.

A POLICE CURFEW  ANNOUNCED.  POLISH NEWSPAPERS PUBLISHED OUR PICTURES AS TRAITORS AND I WE HAD TO PAY FOR OUR STUDIES IF WE WANTED TO LEAVE FOR ISRAEL, THEY STATED THAT THIS WAS BECAUSE WE “STOLE”  POLISH KNOWLEDGE.

MANY JEWISH NAMES WERE CHANGED (OF MANY COMMUNIST ACTIIVISTS) THESE NAMES WERE TRANSLATED TO THE ORIGINAL JEWISH NAMES AND THE ENTIRE SITUATION BECAME UNBEARABLE.  QUOTING THE BIBLE:  

Go from your land and your birthplace and your father’s house to the land that I will show”.

I LEFT MY COUNTRY – MY LAND AND MY POLISH CITIZENSHIP WAS TAKEN FROM ME.

MY UNIVERSITY AND MY BIRTHPLACE, WAS MY JEWISH/POLISH MENTALITY).

MY PARENTS AND I LEFT OUR HOME AND WENT TO ERETZ YISROEL, THE LAND THAT I WILL SHOW YOU….                    

ISRAEL – IS REAL!

 

 

One Response to “UNIVERITY OF WROCLAW –MY FIRST UNIVERSITY ”

  1. Echad Haam 15/03/2016 at 21:42

    In Dickens words:” It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”

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