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.

Felt Like We Could Just As Soon Be in Germany: Harrassment of Refugees in US During WWII

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  • 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.

More information about this oral history excerpt

Themes in this oral history excerpt:

  • World War Two
  • Assimilation
  • Travel
  • Childhood
  • Immigration, Migration
  • United States

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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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