Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - from 14:00 to 14:40
Our knowledge about the social environment of the young Samuel Eilenberg in Warsaw is rather limited. The first task of this presentation is to reconstruct the milieu for the period prior to his mathematical studies at the University of Warsaw. The second goal is to show how Jewish students and young professionals lived in the Polish capital before 1939. They were offered a wide range of high quality educational opportunities. However, their prospects for employment in public institutions remained limited. A rise in anti-Semitic feeling was seen in the years between 1931-1939, which was reflected not only on the streets, but also at the universities. The European political situation added much to the feeling of impending doom. In spite of that, important spheres were opened for intellectual and professional development. Samuel Eilenberg - thanks to his talent and sheer good luck - found his way out the trap closing in on much of the world that created him as a man and a scholar.