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Katka Reszke

Katka Reszke is a Polish-born, U.S.-based writer, documentary filmmaker, photographer,

performer, and researcher in Jewish identities. Author of Return of the Jew: Identity Narratives of the Third Post-Holocaust Generation of Jews in Poland (Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2013),

Katka holds a Doctorate in Jewish Education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is

currently a Visiting Scholar at the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education at Brandeis

University, as well as a Research Associate at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute. She lectures on

diferent aspects of the Polish Jewish experience at educational and cultural venues across the


As a writer and filmmaker, Reszke specializes in Polish-Jewish history and relations, as well as

human rights, social justice, minority and gender issues. Katka’s documentary flams include

Shimon’s Returns (2014) and Coming Out Polish Style (2011). She also served as chief screenwriter and co-editor of the acclaimed partially animated film Karski & The Lords of Humanity (2015).

Katka is also one of the co-creators and performers of We Keep Coming Back - a Canadian-Polish theater performance.

Katka Reszke’s current research-creation project is The Meshugene Effect – a book and an

experimental documentary film featuring personal narratives of several Polish women, who

embark on a pursuit of Jewish identity following an irrational feeling, a hunch about having

Jewish ancestry. The project explores cultural and discursive contingencies surrounding religion, gender and authenticity and how they affect the way we make sense of experiences of memory and transition. All of this set against the landscape of troubled Polish-Jewish history and a new curious

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