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.
Kristallnacht: A Personal Account
Arnold Friedmann - Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst - describes the "Night of Broken Glass" on November 9-10, 1938, when synagogues, Jewish stores and homes throughout Germany and Austria were attacked, looted and destroyed.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Arnold Friedmann.
This excerpt is in English.
Arnold Friedmann was born in Nuremberg, Germany in 1925.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Kristallnacht: A Personal Account4 minutes 4 seconds
Going to School in Nuremberg, Germany in the 1930s56 seconds
Running to Jewish High School in Germany in the Thirties1 minute 51 seconds
A Kosher Home, Please?1 minute 4 seconds
Renting a Garden in Nuremberg1 minute 3 seconds
Bar Mitzvah Presents Suitable for Emigration1 minute 27 seconds
Assimilated German Jews1 minute 53 seconds
Joining the British Army1 minute 24 seconds
Refugee Life in Palestine5 minutes 59 seconds
German Jews Lived Together in Palestine1 minute 15 seconds
Joining the Jewish Community in Palestine1 minute 42 seconds
Destroying Ammunition in Cairo While in the British Army1 minute 53 seconds
Joining the Fight for Israeli Independence2 minutes 1 second
Yiddish, A Plastic Language2 minutes 39 seconds
My Interest in Yiddish Goes Back to New York1 minute 9 seconds
Being Jewish and Being American: Complementary Identities1 minute 43 seconds
Hitler Made Me A More Proud Jew58 seconds
Matzoh and Bread in the Bread Box1 minute
"We Lost All Contact After We Left" The Fate of Relatives in Germany During World War Two2 minutes 9 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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