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.
"This was my way of giving back."
Al Berkowitz, former docent at the Yiddish Book Center, describes why he spent 15 years volunteering as an English tutor in his retirement.
This interview was conducted in English
Albert Berkowitz was born in 1921 in New Rochelle, New York. Albert, z"l, died in 2015.
Other video highlights from this oral history
"This was my way of giving back."2 minutes 1 second
My Grandmother's Immigration5 minutes 33 seconds
Food Memories3 minutes 21 seconds
"I still remember where I was..."1 minute 11 seconds
Jewish Identity Over a Lifetime1 minute 29 seconds
"When you're being pushed, push back."2 minutes 16 seconds
"Gettin' 'em back for ploesti."1 minute 19 seconds
Explaining Maritime Service3 minutes 4 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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