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.
1945: Liberating A Boxcar Full of Jews
Al Rosen, WWII veteran, describes the harrowing experience of coming across a boxcar full of Jewish people not far from Dachau.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Ellsworth (Al) Rosen.
This excerpt is in English.
Ellsworth (Al) Rosen was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1924.
Other video highlights from this oral history
1945: Liberating A Boxcar Full of Jews3 minutes 8 seconds
1930s: We Didn't Believe Everything We Read About WWII At First1 minute 20 seconds
A 1945 Seder in German Barracks1 minute 12 seconds
Accompanying Aunts Singing Yiddish Songs1 minute 35 seconds
Anti-Semitic Incident with a Polish Student1 minute 21 seconds
Cantor Father's Guggle Muggle Before Kol Nidre2 minutes 19 seconds
Coming Across a Camp of Roma People2 minutes 21 seconds
Doing the Right Thing: Kosher Food for his Father1 minute 2 seconds
Flunking Out of the ROTC2 minutes 36 seconds
400 Letters from Chaim Grade3 minutes 18 seconds
Escaping the Draft in Russia To Be Drafted in America1 minute 17 seconds
My Grandfather, the Fruit Peddler2 minutes 24 seconds
My Father Never, Ever Called Me By My Given Name1 minute
Sending Money to his Mother in Russia1 minute 2 seconds
Visiting Dachau after Liberation2 minutes 7 seconds
Reading and Political Activism2 minutes 21 seconds
A Gulag Survivor's Story2 minutes 28 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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