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.

Fleeing Poland: A Journey to Samarkand

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Israel Milkow, a retired IT professional, recounts his family's journey from Slonim to Samarkand as refugees, and the difficulties they encountered in the displaced persons camp in which they settled.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Israel Milkow.

This excerpt is in Yiddish and English.

Israel Milkow was born in Slonim, Poland in 1935.