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.
Annette Berkovits's Oral History
Annette Berkovits, Jewish author and former Senior Vice President of the Wildlife Conservation Society, was interviewed by Ze'ev Duckworth on June 28, 2015 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts.
This interview was conducted in English.
Video highlights from this oral history
How to Transmit a Sense of Jewish Identity?3 minutes 29 seconds
Anti-Semitism in Post-WWII Poland4 minutes 5 seconds
My Father's Involvement with the Jewish Labor Bund and Imprisonment in Poland3 minutes 46 seconds
Life in Kyrgyzstan and Journey Back to Post-WWII Poland2 minutes 55 seconds
My Father's Escape from Poland to the Soviet Union After the Nazi Invasion5 minutes 20 seconds
"Needed Someone Who Knew Yiddish": My Father's Job in a Jewish Print Shop After Immigrating to the United States2 minutes 34 seconds
How My Parents Ended Up in Soviet Gulags and Then in Kyrgyzstan3 minutes 48 seconds
Description of Post-WWII Lodz2 minutes 15 seconds
Discovering My Father's Autobiographical Audio Tapes4 minutes 15 seconds
Experiences of Jewish Life in Post-WWII Poland, Israel, and the United States3 minutes 27 seconds
"The Boss Was Completely Incredulous": My Mother Organized a Strike at the Fur Factory2 minutes 9 seconds
More information about this oral history
Themes in this oral history:
- Bund, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, non affiliated,
- Family history
- stories about ancestors
- Jewish Identity
- Other languages
- World War Two
- Eastern Europe
- Soviet Union
- United States
- Politics and political movements
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