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.
Leaving Germany in 1933
Eva Apfelbaum, artist and educator, recalls the long journey from Germany to Switzerland to France that she took with her mother in 1933 when she was only five years old.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Eva Apfelbaum.
This excerpt is in English.
Eva Apfelbaum was born in Nordhausen, Germany in 1928.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Leaving Germany in 19333 minutes 38 seconds
Non-Jewish Socialist German Refugees During WWII1 minute 36 seconds
Mother Was Worried About Something Called "The War": Trying To Comprehend WWII As A Small Child2 minutes 37 seconds
"I'll Be Your Mother": Remembering The Beginnings Of Vichy France1 minute 35 seconds
An Unexpected Discovery: Reconnecting With Father During WWII2 minutes 13 seconds
Leaving Vichy France: "Relieved, but on the other hand I felt French"6 minutes 40 seconds
Felt Like We Could Just As Soon Be in Germany: Harrassment of Refugees in US During WWII1 minute 51 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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