A growing collection of in-depth interviews with people of all ages and backgrounds, whose stories about the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture offer a rich and complex chronicle of Jewish identity.
Hashomer Hatsair in the McCarthy Era
Haim recalls the U.S. goverment's surveillance of his zionist youth group's Hashomer Hatsair during the 1950s.
This interview was conducted in English
Haim Gunner was born in 1924.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Hashomer Hatsair in the McCarthy Era2 minutes 30 seconds
Why I Left the Kibbutz3 minutes
Haim ruins the family seder1 minute 43 seconds
Meeting His Wife- "We took an immediate disliking to each other."1 minute 50 seconds
A request unfulfilled: Imrich Rosenberg's wife3 minutes 27 seconds
Absorbing Jewish Refugees into kibbutz in Israel3 minutes 55 seconds
Missing sister's wedding due to discipline of the youth movement39 seconds
From Europe to Israel in the mid-1950s: DP camps and refugees2 minutes 44 seconds
Rejecting then returning to Yiddish1 minute 14 seconds
Experiences with Arab Resistance on Kibbutz During Early Years of Israeli State5 minutes 30 seconds
Life Beyond the Kibbutz: a Tel Aviv Purim Party3 minutes 19 seconds
Hashomer Hatsair in the 1930s3 minutes 53 seconds
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About the Wexler Oral History Project
Since 2010, the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project has recorded more than 500 in-depth video interviews that provide a deeper understanding of the Jewish experience and the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture.
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