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
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.
Helena Lipstadt was born in Berlin, Germany in 1947.
This interview is part of the Beyond the Books: Yiddish writers and their descendants series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Working From Place of Minority: Reflections on Queers in the Klezmer Revival
1 min 57 sec
Slide 6 of 9
Longing for Gan-Eydn (Paradise): Reflections on Identity, Yiddish, and Poland
3 min 8 sec
Slide 7 of 9
"Making That Bridge (to Poland) Through Life Rather Than Death": Working on the Gwozdzdiec Synagogue Replica Project
5 min 32 sec
Slide 8 of 9