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.
Holocaust refugees in Shanghai
Han Xu outlines the presence of Jewish refugees in Shanghai during World War Two, and the lasting impact it's had on the city.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Han Xu.
This excerpt is in English.
Han Xu was born in Shanghai, China in 1989.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Holocaust refugees in Shanghai1 minute 49 seconds
Oral History Practicum1 minute 23 seconds
Words blended into Yiddish1 minute 6 seconds
Diversity within the Jewish experience2 minutes 36 seconds
Pursuing advanced Yiddish study1 minute 21 seconds
University in the US2 minutes 11 seconds
Language is a powerful tool2 minutes 4 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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