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.

That's When Yiddish Saved My Life

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Paul Kaye - Navy veteran and officer on the Haganah ship Hatikvah - tells how, after his ship was captured by the British and brought to Cyprus, he and a fellow crew member avoided capture by posing as displaced persons.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Paul Kaye.

This excerpt is in English.

Paul Kaye was born in New York, New York in 1967.