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.

Spanish Civil War and Peace Olympics at Kinderland

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  • 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.

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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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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