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.
Landing on the Beaches of Normandy
Leonard Strear was awarded two purple hearts for his service in World War II. After being asked about a time when his Judaism helped him through a difficult moment, he remembers landing in Normandy and crawling up the beaches, praying to God for his survival.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Leonard Strear and Albert Dinner.
This excerpt is in English.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Landing on the Beaches of Normandy0 seconds
Sharing Our Family Pictures0 seconds
Kiddush at the Distillery0 seconds
Driving Around Town in a Jack Benny Maxwell with Friend0 seconds
How My Judaism Has Changed Over the Years: Reflections on Relationship to Shul0 seconds
Our Advice0 seconds
A Time I Felt Aware of My Jewishness: Serving in World War II0 seconds
My First Time Eating Shellfish0 seconds
"Bubbe Maytse"0 seconds
Growing up in Greeley, Colorado0 seconds
Describing the Rodeo0 seconds
Our Favorite Yiddish Phrases0 seconds
Liberating a Concentration Camp in Czechoslovakia During World War II0 seconds
"I Could Do Everything a Cowboy Could Do"0 seconds
Experiences of Anti-Semitism While Serving in the War0 seconds
The Last Patrol0 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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