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.

My Mother Thought Yiddish Would Die Out. And Me? I'm Not Sure.

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Emile Karafiol, attorney, explains that his mother - who spoke Yiddish and read Yiddish newspapers - thought that the language was destined to die out.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Emile Karafiol.

This excerpt is in Yiddish and English.

Emile Karafiol was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1935. Emile died in 2019.