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.

Reciting "Dos Yingl fun Ayzn" for Avrom Sutzkever

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Leo Melamed - child survivor of the Holocaust and former chairman of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange - describes how Yiddish writers would visit his family home in Chicago and remembers reciting on of Avrom Sutzkever's poems for the poet.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Leo Melamed.

This excerpt is in Yiddish and English.

Leo Melamed was born in Bialystok, Poland in 1932.