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.

"In a shlemazl darf men hobn mazl": How My Cousin Survived the Holocaust

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Helen Kurzban, Brooklyn-born native Yiddish speaker and former administrator in the New York City public schools, describes the circumstances that led to a cousin surviving the Holocaust.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Helen Kurzban.

This excerpt is in Yiddish and English.

Helen Kurzban was born in New York, New York in 1930.