Jadwiga Maurer, professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Kansas from 1970-2001, describes her childhood as part of a Jewish family in central Poland during the 1930s. She discusses how her whole family survived the Holocaust by hiding and using fake papers. She recounts living in the American zone of Germany before moving to America and working at Berkley University. The latter part of the interview deals with her time spent in the Slovak language department at KU. She describes how the modest number of women at KU affected her time there.