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.
My Father and World War One
Sara Kruzansky, teacher of Jewish history, recounts how her father, although already in the U.S., had the option to fight in the Russian Army during World War I. Father refused saying "I don't fight for the Tsar."
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Sara Kruzansky.
This excerpt is in English.
Sara Kruzansky was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1921.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
My Father and World War One1 minute 54 seconds
Childhood Shabbes45 seconds
Values passed on by her parents1 minute 7 seconds
Parents' political views1 minute 14 seconds
Generational Changes Through a Family Photo2 minutes 51 seconds
A Jewish Religious Education1 minute 50 seconds
Religious Compromises41 seconds
"A Language That Was Murdered": Reflections On Yiddish51 seconds
"I felt nothing... It's a cemetery": Visiting My Mother's Home Town in Poland5 minutes 7 seconds
Personal Meaning of Yiddish1 minute 5 seconds
"I'm Going to Tell You A Really Good Story About That!": The Role of Yiddish in My Higher Education2 minutes 37 seconds
Father Says a Brukhe1 minute 3 seconds
Feelings About Yiddish1 minute 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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