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.

"Bloody Sunday" in Selma and "Judgment at Nuremberg"

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  • Mark Gerstein, z"l - former high school history teacher and Wexler Oral History Project volunteer - recalls how ABC news interrupted the Sunday night movie "Judgment At Nuremberg" to show images of the brutal beating of civil rights marchers in Selma, Alabama. He discusses how the juxtaposition of images of the Holocaust with the realities of the Jim Crow South helped create sympathy for the 1965 voting rights campaign. See more on how Mark's political identity was shaped by the period of history in which he grew up:

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Mark Gerstein.

This excerpt is in English.

Mark Gerstein was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1949. Mark, z"l, died in 2013.

Other video highlights from this oral history

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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Do you (or someone you know) have stories to share about the importance of Yiddish language and culture in your life?