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.
Learning About Prejudice from My Black Childhood Playmate
Fred Irving - WWII veteran and retired ambassador - talks about growing up as a member of the only Jewish family in a predominantly African American neighborhood.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Fred Irving.
This excerpt is in English.
Fred Irving was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1921.
Other video highlights from this oral history
This Fellow Can't Seem to Die: American Soldier Tortured in a POW Camp During WWII
4 min 52 sec
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You Look at What's Inside A Person: Learning Liberal Jewishness From My Mother
2 min 41 sec
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I Almost Came Close to Eating Something: A Forced March as an American Jewish POW at the End of WWII
2 min 54 sec
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