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.

He Wrote A Letter to Hitler: The Family Myth Behind How My Grandparents Died in Their Home in 1942

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  • Jack Apfelbaum, engineer, recalls how his grandparents died of old age during Nazi-era Germany. Jack shares the family belief that a letter written by his grandfather to Adolf Hitler granted them a peaceful end to their lives.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Jack Apfelbaum.

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.

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