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A Community Divided: Tensions Within Toronto's Jewish Community
Marlene Hait, raised in a Yiddish home by survivors of the Holocaust, describes the tensions within the Jewish community of Toronto between established immigrants and war refugees. In particular, she recounts an incident in which the refugee community shut down a Neo-Nazi rally in the face of the established community's silence.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Marlene Hait.
This excerpt is in English.
Marlene Hait was born in Landsberg am Lech, Germany in 1946.
Other video highlights from this oral history
A Community Divided: Tensions Within Toronto's Jewish Community3 minutes 55 seconds
"If Not Higher:" Discovering Jewish Values Through Yiddish Literature3 minutes 5 seconds
Learning From the Past: Advice to Future Generations52 seconds
The Streets, People, and Smells of the Toronto Jewish Community3 minutes 49 seconds
A Lingua Franca Everywhere: Speaking Yiddish and Opening Doors1 minute 34 seconds
Ties That Bind: The Global Network of a Polish Shtetl's Descendants3 minutes 45 seconds
Beyond Anatevka: The Challenges of Documenting Yiddish Life without Yiddish2 minutes
The Yiddish Burlesque Theater in Toronto2 minutes 8 seconds
Yetsies Mitsrayim: My Childhood Home as a Meeting Place for Holocaust Survivors1 minute 30 seconds
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