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.

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  • Troim Katz Handler, daughter of Yiddish poet Menke Katz, describes the secretarial position that she held for many years for the Jewish People's Fraternal Order of the IWO, a secular Jewish, socialist organization. She recalls that neither she nor her father were particularly politically inclined, and Menke in fact left the Freiheit after the murder of Jewish writers by Stalin in 1952.

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.

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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?