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.
Felt Like We Could Just As Soon Be in Germany: Harrassment of Refugees in US During WWII
Eva Apfelbaum, artist and educator, describes her arrival to the United States, an immigration story taking place in old prisoner of war barracks in Baltimore, MD, that produced a frightening first impression of America.
This interview was conducted in English
Eva Apfelbaum was born in 1928 in Nordhausen, Germany.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Felt Like We Could Just As Soon Be in Germany: Harrassment of Refugees in US During WWII1 minute 51 seconds
An Unexpected Discovery: Reconnecting With Father During WWII2 minutes 13 seconds
Mother Was Worried About Something Called "The War": Trying To Comprehend WWII As A Small Child2 minutes 37 seconds
Leaving Germany in 19333 minutes 38 seconds
Non-Jewish Socialist German Refugees During WWII1 minute 36 seconds
"I'll Be Your Mother": Remembering The Beginnings Of Vichy France1 minute 35 seconds
Leaving Vichy France: "Relieved, but on the other hand I felt French"6 minutes 40 seconds
More information about this oral history excerpt
Themes in this oral history excerpt:
- World War Two
- Immigration, Migration
- United States
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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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