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.

The Rabbi Said She Had To Vote Republican; Questioning Religion

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  • Fred Irving - WWII veteran and retired ambassador - recalls his early experiences with the Jewish religion and his decision to convert to Unitarianism.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Fred Irving.

This excerpt is in English.

Fred Irving was born in 1921 in Providence, Rhode Island.

More information about this oral history excerpt

Themes in this oral history excerpt:

  • Fred Irving
  • Conversion
  • Unitarianism
  • Vote
  • Republican
  • Childhood
  • Jewish Identity
  • Jewish education
  • Religion and ritual

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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