Filip Mazurczak holds a BA in Spanish and Hispanic Studies and History from Creighton University as well as an MA in International Affairs from the George Washington University. Since graduating, he has worked as a journalist, Polish-to-English translator (of academic publications and of fiction), and English teacher. Many of his more than 100 published articles have dealt with historical topics.
Filip’s interest in oral history results from his interest in European and Latin American history in the twentieth century. The past century saw numerous totalitarian and authoritarian political experiments in these regions, and he wants to document the testimonies of the witnesses to these events while they are still living. At Columbia, he would like to deal with oral interviews of the last surviving generation of first-hand witnesses to the atrocities of the Second World War and the Holocaust.