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.

A Family's Journey to America

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Judith Elbaum Schumer tells the story of how her family escaped the Holocaust by traveling from Poland to Vilna, crossing Russia to Japan, and spending several years in Shanghai before reaching the United States.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Judith Elbaum Schumer.

This excerpt is in English.

Judith Elbaum Schumer was born in Shanghai, China in 1945.