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.
Spanish Civil War and Peace Olympics at Kinderland
Pauline Katz retells her grandfather's story about how Camp Kinderland taught about the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s. Each bunk was assigned "loyalist," except for her zayde's (grandfather's), which had the misfortune of being the designated "fascist" bunk. Pauline explains that the political spirit of the camp is still very much a part of the Kinderland experience she cherishes.
This interview was conducted in English.
Pauline Katz was born in 1988 in Somerville, Massachusetts.
This interview is part of the Beyond the Books: Yiddish writers and their descendants series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Spanish Civil War and Peace Olympics at Kinderland2 minutes 13 seconds
Taking A Yiddish Glossary to the First Day of School1 minute 23 seconds
Taking My Vacation at Camp: Fifteen Consecutive Summers1 minute 44 seconds
Communist and Socialist Disagreement Causes a Camp Split2 minutes 9 seconds
The Yiddish World: They Want You To Have It1 minute 54 seconds
How political cheers at Camp Kinderland helped on a public school test2 minutes 57 seconds
Moyshe Katz Story4 minutes 44 seconds
I'm an Alien from Perel54 seconds
Camp Kinderland for All1 minute 20 seconds
A Camp Kinderland Legacy: Continuing The Spirit of What They Were Doing52 seconds
More information about this oral history excerpt
Themes in this oral history excerpt:
- Summer camp
- Family history, stories about ancestors
- Politics and political movements
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