The meeting will be devoted to Włodzimierz Szer, a professor at the Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics of the Polish Academy of Sciences, who in 1967 emigrated with his family to the United States. In his memoirs, he describes life of the Jews from Warsaw in the pre-war period, an escape in 1939 to the territories occupied by the Russians, exile in Syberia, and his fightings in Kościuszko Division. After the war, Szer studied in Łódź. His memoirs include also the period of his academic career in Poland and the United States.
Szer was a keen chess player, a music lover and a record collector. His love for classical music was handed down by his mother, who had taken him to the first concerts in Warsaw Philharmonic. After the war he would go there on Fridays to see weekly performances. In New York he continued his passion for music and had a season ticket for Carnegie Hall, where, as he writes in his memoirs, „a bartender, a nice Irishman, knew me and during the interval, he would send me my vodka — Martini — over the heads of the crowd.”
Ryszard Burek will hold a discussion with a friend of Włodzimierz Szer, Prof Magdalena Fikus.