THE YIDDISH BOOK CENTER'S
Wexler Oral History Project

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.

Car factory work was segregated by ethnicity

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  • Joel Halpern, professor emeritus of Anthropology at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, describes in detail his father's car part factory. He remembers how those doing different types of work were segregated by ethnicity.

This interview was conducted in English

Joel Halpern was born in 1929 in Bronx, New York.

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About the Wexler Oral History Project

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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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