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.

The Jewish Grandparents' Kiss in the Square of a Spanish Inquisition Burning

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Ilan Stavans, academic and writer, talks about the history of crypto- and Sephardi Jews in Mexico, as well as the Jewish-Mexican experience more broadly, and relates the story of the strange connection between his grandparents' first kiss and the autos-da-fé.

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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