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.
Car factory work was segregated by ethnicity
Joel Halpern, professor emeritus of Anthropology at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, describes in detail his father's car part factory. He remembers how those doing different types of work were segregated by ethnicity.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Joel Halpern.
This excerpt is in English.
Joel Halpern was born in Bronx, New York in 1929.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Car factory work was segregated by ethnicity3 minutes 11 seconds
Fiddler on the Roof: Manufacturing Memory6 minutes 9 seconds
Middle Class Mischief2 minutes 23 seconds
Celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah in the 1930s1 minute 17 seconds
"Why Don't You Go Back to Hester Street?"1 minute 33 seconds
Sheltering a Jewish Family in Serbia4 minutes 3 seconds
Anti-Semitism in Archeology2 minutes 20 seconds
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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