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.

The Experience of Menke Katz, Yiddish-Speaking Poet, in Israel at at Time of Strong Anti-Yiddish Sentiment

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Troim Katz Handler, daughter of Yiddish poet Menke Katz, recalls how her father was arrested in Israel for speaking Yiddish to his son in the time when Israel was conducting what she describes as a "war on Yiddish."

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Troim Katz Handler.

This excerpt is in English.

Troim Katz Handler was born in Los Angeles, California in 1927.