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.

Bar Mitzvah Presents Suitable for Emigration

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  • Arnold Friedmann - Emeritus Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst - vividly describes his Bar Mitzvah preparation in Germany in 1938, and explains why all of his Bar Mitzvah gifts were trunks or briefcases.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Arnold Friedmann.

This excerpt is in English.

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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.

Tell Us Your Story

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Do you (or someone you know) have stories to share about the importance of Yiddish language and culture in your life?