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.
"My Mother Hid Us in the Attic": Surviving the "Kinder-Aktsie" (Children's "Action") in the Shavl Ghetto
Rosalyn (Reyzele) Kirkel - storyteller and leader of a Yiddish shmooze-group in Denver, Colorado - tells the story of how her mother tried to protect her and her siblings during the Holocaust. She explains how they hid in an attic during a "kinder-aktsye" when Nazi soldiers attempted to remove children from the Shavl (Šiauliai) ghetto.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Rosalyn (Reyzele) Kirkel.
This excerpt is in Yiddish.
Rosalyn (Reyzele) Kirkel was born in Siauliai, Lithuania in 1941.
Other video highlights from this oral history
"My Mother Hid Us in the Attic": Surviving the "Kinder-Aktsie" (Children's "Action") in the Shavl Ghetto7 minutes 53 seconds
My Mother Smuggled Me Out of the Shavl (Šiauliai) Ghetto: A Hidden Jewish Child during the Holocaust6 minutes 43 seconds
Becoming a Storyteller2 minutes 13 seconds
Perceptions of Yiddish and the Holocaust in Israel4 minutes 10 seconds
Happy and Hopeful for the Future of Yiddish1 minute 48 seconds
More information about this oral history excerpt
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Since 2010, the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project has recorded more than 500 in-depth video interviews that provide a deeper understanding of the Jewish experience and the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture.
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