Jerzy Silberring with Aleksander Kwasniewski, President of Poland

Jerzy Silberring with Aleksander Kwasniewski, President of Poland
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  • Photo taken in:
    Warsaw
    Year when photo was taken:
    2000
    Country name at time of photo:
    Poland
    Country name today:
    Poland
This is my son Jerzy Silberring getting his professor's title from Aleksander Kwasniewski, the President of Poland. The photo was taken in 2000 in Belweder, Warsaw [seat of Polish Presidents]. Jerzy studied chemistry and also physics at the Jagiellonian University. He did his Ph.D. very quickly and went away to Sweden; ten years he lectured at the university in Uppsala. He did his assistant professorship there. When he came back he had to have it accepted. In fact, he still lectures there now, goes to Uppsala once a month. He's lectured in Japan too. He speaks five languages. In 2000 he became a professor at the Jagiellonian University. I let him go, gave him everything I could have given. It all cost. But becoming a professor is his own achievement, because I didn't demand that of him. When Jerzy was dating my daughter-in-law, I said, 'Jerzy, don't you bring home anyone who hasn't got a degree. Ever. There's no question of my daughter-in-law not having higher education.' Well, and at last he came to me and said, 'Mom, she's a graduate.' My daughter-in-law graduated in history from the Jagiellonian University and is now headmistress of High School No. 6.

Interview details

Interviewee: Teofila Silberring
Interviewer:
Magdalena Bizon
Month of interview:
November
Year of interview:
2004
Krakow, Poland

KEY PERSON

Jerzy Silberring
Year of birth:
1949
City of birth:
Cracow
Country name at time of birth:
Poland
Occupation
after WW II:
University professor

Other Person

Aleksander Kwasniewski
Year of birth:
1954
City of birth:
Bialogard
Country name at time of birth:
Poland
Occupation
after WW II:
President of Poland (1995-2005)

Additional Information

Also interviewed by:
Memorial and Museum Auschwitz - Birkenau
Date of interview:
1998

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