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.

August 12,1952: We Had No Idea About the Murder of Peretz Markish and the Soviet Yiddish Poets

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  • Iosif Lakhman, native Yiddish speaker born in the the Soviet Union, recounts how he did not learn about Stalin's murder of Yiddish writers until much later. He then recalls reciting one of Peretz Markish's poems when he later met his family.

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

This excerpt is in Yiddish.

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

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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