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.

"Mit a pekl afn pleytse" (With a Bag on His Back): Reflections on Jewish Wandering and Israel

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Israel Milkow, a retired IT professional, discusses his feelings on diaspora, Israel, and "the wandering Jew."

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.