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 State of Fear": Economic Collapse and Anti-Semitism in Mexico in the 1980s

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Ilan Stavans, academic and writer, talks about his time participating in the Jewish paramilitary group Bitakhon, in response to antisemitism (or the fear thereof) in Mexico and throughout Latin America.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Ilan Stavans.

This excerpt is in English.

Ilan Stavans was born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1961.

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