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 Henry Kissinger of Panama:" Dr. Herschel Klepfisz

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  • Anna Sheldon, born to survivors of a prominent Warsaw Jewish family, talks about her uncle Dr. Herschel Klepfisz and his life, including his narrow escape from the Nazis and his role as an advisor to the leader of Panama.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Helena Lipstadt.

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?