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.

My Part in the Creation of the Famous "Black Book" About the Holocaust

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  • Fania Brantsovsky - former Jewish partisan during World War Two and librarian of the Vilnius Yiddish Institute - describes meeting writer Ilya Ehrenburg and transmitting documents for the Black Book of Russian Jewry that he and Vasily Grossman compiled.

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?