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.

"The Derailment of the Country": Reflecting on the Political Situation in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) Growing Up

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Ghita Wolpowitz, a Litvak (Lithuanian Jew) who grew up in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), speaks to her memories of the political situation as a girl in what was then Rhodesia. She remembers the elections which returned control of the country to segregationists and halted its movement towards egalitarianism, and her subsequent decision to leave Rhodesia permanently and become a South African citizen.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Ghita Wolpowitz.

This excerpt is in English.