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.

Landing on the Beaches of Normandy

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  • 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.

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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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Do you (or someone you know) have stories to share about the importance of Yiddish language and culture in your life?