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.

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  • Arthur Klein, z"l - Brooklyn-born Navy veteran, retired hairdresser and former Yiddish Book Center docent - discusses what he knows about the Jewish Mafia from when he was young.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Arthur Klein.

This excerpt is in English.

Arthur Klein was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1924. Arthur, z"l, died in 2014.

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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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