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.

Born Under the Bed During a Pogrom: Stories From My Family Before Coming to America

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  • Troim Katz Handler, daughter of Yiddish poet Menke Katz, recounts her grandmother's story of having to identify the perpetrators of pogroms to the newly victorious Communist soldiers in Russia. She tells, also, of her mother's birth under a bed during a pogrom.

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

This excerpt is in English.

This interview is part of the series.

About the Wexler Oral History Project

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Since 2010, the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project has recorded more than 500 in-depth video interviews that provide a deeper understanding of the Jewish experience and the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture.

Tell Us Your Story

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Do you (or someone you know) have stories to share about the importance of Yiddish language and culture in your life?