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The Family Restaurant was a Gathering Place for Leftists
Henry Slucki, child survivor of the Holocaust, describes the restaurant his great-aunt and great-uncle owned in Paris, which became a congregating point for leftists.
This interview was conducted in English
Henry Slucki was born in 1934 in Paris, France.
Other video highlights from this oral history
The Family Restaurant was a Gathering Place for Leftists2 minutes 6 seconds
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France, 1942: Hearing the Purim Story for the First Time2 minutes 47 seconds
"It Doesn't Feel Traumatic to Me": Reflecting on the Impact of the Holocaust on My Life3 minutes 55 seconds
1942: A Jewish Child Refugee's First Impressions of the United States2 minutes 33 seconds
The Year We Cancelled Color War at Camp Kinderland3 minutes 34 seconds
The Meaning of Secular Jewishness to Me3 minutes 7 seconds
Many of the Yiddish Words Sounded Familiar: Remembering My Parents' Yiddishized French1 minute 19 seconds
Escaping Europe As A Child During WWII, Thanks To Eleanor Roosevelt2 minutes 44 seconds
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October 1943: Our Ship Changed Direction to Avoid a Battle2 minutes 37 seconds
Pete Seeger, Politics, and Yiddish Culture at Camp Kinderland2 minutes 59 seconds
More information about this oral history excerpt
Themes in this oral history excerpt:
- Food and culinary traditions
- Politics and political movements
- Western Europe
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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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