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.

We Would Embrace Even A Stranger: Vilna in the First Days After World War II

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  • Fania Brantsovsky - former Jewish partisan during World War Two and librarian of the Vilnius Yiddish Institute - recalls images from the aftermath World War II: the reunion of two cousins and people hugging survivors.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Fania Brantsovsky.

This excerpt is in Yiddish.

Fania Brantsovsky was born in Kaunas, Lithuania in 1922.

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?