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 Language is Not Important, It’s the Knowledge: How I Ended Up In A Jewish School in the Soviet Union

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  • Iosif Lakhman - native Yiddish speaker who grew up in the Soviet Union - explains why his father sent him to his shtetl's Yiddish school as opposed to the more popular Ukrainian school.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Iosif Lakhman.

This excerpt is in Yiddish.

Iosif Lakhman was born in 1921 in Ukraine. Iosif, z"l, died in 2017.

More information about this oral history excerpt

Themes in this oral history excerpt:

  • Iosif Lakhman
  • Father
  • Ukraine
  • Ukrainian
  • 1920s
  • Aaron Lansky
  • Childhood
  • Education
  • Jewish education
  • Shtetl
  • Eastern Europe
  • Soviet Union
  • Russia

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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