About Leora Tec – Founder, Bridge to Poland

Leora created Bridge To Poland after witnessing the heartfelt work of commemoration of Jewish life being done by non-Jewish Poles in Poland. She was so moved by what she saw and the people she met that she had to share it with others. Leora’s mother is the Holocaust scholar Nechama Tec, whose work on rescue and resistance has been an inspiration to her. Nechama Tec’s book about Christian rescue of Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland is called, When Light Pierced the Darkness. Leora, too, strives to look for the light, in particular focusing on efforts at reconciliation and memorialization initiated today by non-Jewish Poles.

Recently Leora has begun thinking a lot about memory. As the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, it is important to her to preserve the memory of those who perished and those who survived. She is interested in the many ways this is being done: through the historical record, through personal memoirs, through fragments and through artistic endeavors of all sorts.

Leora loves languages and has studied many, particularly Hebrew, Spanish, French, Italian and Polish. She is currently working on a book about her experience with her own Polish identity. She has a strong interest in Jewish film and curated the film festival at the conference of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS 2013), which was held in Boston. She is a graduate of Wellesley College (BA) and Duke University School of Law (J.D./LL.M).