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.

Discovering Secular Yiddish Literature in the Yeshiva

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Israel Milkow, a retired IT professional, describes his first experiences of reading classic Yiddish literature in a place where it was forbidden: the yeshiva (traditional Jewish religious school).

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

This excerpt is in English and Yiddish.

Israel Milkow was born in Slonim, Poland in 1935.