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.
Remembering Jewish Caricatures in 1930s Nazi Germany
Jack Apfelbaum, engineer, recalls the street signs in 1930s Germany that taught him at a young age that many people did not like Jews.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Jack Apfelbaum.
This excerpt is in English.
Jack Apfelbaum was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1928.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Remembering Jewish Caricatures in 1930s Nazi Germany1 minute 6 seconds
He Wrote A Letter to Hitler: The Family Myth Behind How My Grandparents Died in Their Home in 19424 minutes 24 seconds
Synagogue in Kochi, India2 minutes 13 seconds
Synagogue in Hamburg, Germany1 minute 55 seconds
Meeting My Wife Dancing in Amish Country2 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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