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 Went Right When Everyone Went Left: Benjamin Harshav and Family Escape Death During WWII

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  • Benjamin (Binyomen) Harshav, z"l - professor emeritus at Yale University - recounts a part of his family's escape from Vilna during the Holocaust. As they traveled to Minsk, they managed to escape a dive-bomb attack by German airplanes.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Benjamin (Binyomen) Harshav.

This excerpt is in Yiddish.

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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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