Katka Reszke

Researcher of Jewish culture and identity, documentary filmmaker and photographer, born and raised in Wrocław. She has been living in the United States since 2007. She holds a PhD in Jewish Education from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, a Masters in Cultural Studies from the University of Wrocław and a diploma in Jewish Studies from the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies.

She is the author of “Return of the Jew: Identity Narratives of the Third Post-Holocaust Generation of Jews in Poland”, which was published in Polish in 2013 by the Austeria Publishing House. Originally published in English in Boston, Academic Studies Press 2013. The book is the first monographic study of the identity of the third generation of Jews in Poland after the Holocaust. Since its release, Katka has lectured at educational and cultural institutions around the world.

We feel most Jewish in Poland. Against this landscape. With the challenges here. I think it is the challenges that make me feel more Jewish here than anywhere else.

Her film director credits include “Shimon’s Returns”, “Magda” or “Coming out Polish Style”. She is also the chief screenwriter of the award-winning partially animated documentary film “Karski and the Lords of Humanity”. Together with Michael Rubenfeld, Sarah Garton-Stanley and Mary Berchard, Katka is a co-creator of a Canadian-Polish theater production, in which she also appears, entitled “We Keep Coming Back”, enthusiastically received in Canada, Poland and Berlin.

Her upcoming research-creation is “The Meshugene Effect”, which combines elements of ethnography, auto-ethnography and personal stories of people who embark on a pursuit of Jewish identity following a hunch – a feeling, an intuition, an irrational conviction about their Jewish descent, ahead of the discovery of their own roots. Since 2019, Katka Reszke has been the director of the ReelAbilities Film Festival in Boston, which is devoted to the broadly understood subject of disability.