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.
"Get Rid of the Goat": A Traditional Jewish Story
Lola Paley-Byron tells a traditional Jewish story and reflects on how Judaism has informed her identity.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Lola Paley-Byron.
This excerpt is in English.
Lola Paley-Byron was born in Siberia, Russia in 1943.
Other video highlights from this oral history
"Get Rid of the Goat": A Traditional Jewish Story2 minutes 36 seconds
Tolerance: A Lesson from the Holocaust1 minute 29 seconds
First Impressions of America2 minutes 28 seconds
Learning to Speak Yiddish1 minute 31 seconds
Finding My Father's Work in the Warsaw Archives3 minutes
A Forged Birth Certificate4 minutes 32 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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