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.

"I Asked Permission to Take a Piece of Grass”: Visiting Ponar

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Jordan Kutzik, translator and Yiddishist, describes his emotionally harrowing trip to Ponar, the site of a mass murder of Jews during the Holocaust. During the trip, he remembered Avrom Sutzkever's poem, “A Blade of Grass from Ponar”.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Jordan Kutzik.

This excerpt is in English.

Jordan Kutzik was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1988.