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.

From Shtetl to Ellis Island: My Mother's Immigration Story

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Sheila Horvitz, history teacher and lawyer, shares a number of family stories, including her mother and grandmother's passage to America, the original documents from their immigration travels, how family names changed after immigrating, and how her mother got her official date of birth.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Sheila Horvitz.

This excerpt is in English.

Sheila Horvitz was born in New York, New York in 1944.