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.

Uchanie: Memories of a European Shtetl

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  • Helene Shafran, born to Yiddish-speaking Polish immigrants, describes the town in which her husband grew up and recounts the experience of returning there with him after the war.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Helene Shafran.

This excerpt is in English.

Helene Shafran was born in 1934 in Brooklyn, New York .

More information about this oral history excerpt

Themes in this oral history excerpt:

  • Helene Shafran
  • Poland
  • Uchanie
  • cheder
  • Family history, stories about ancestors
  • Childhood
  • Immigration, Migration
  • Jewish professions
  • Holocaust
  • World War Two
  • Education
  • Jewish education
  • Religion and ritual
  • Synagogue, shul, temple
  • Old Country
  • Eastern Europe
  • Roots/heritage
  • Jewish community
  • Rural
  • Shtetl
  • Travel

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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