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.

A Gliklekher Mentsh (A Lucky Man)

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Israel Milkow, a retired IT professional, recounts his observations of the differences in working culture between the Old World and the New, and talks about being "a gliklekher mentsh"- a lucky man.

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.