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.

Rent In Exchange for Medical School Admission: "Numerus clausus" & Racial Quotas in Interwar Poland

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Alex Lauterbach, a retired chemist, describes the growing antisemitism in his Krakow neighbourhood during his childhood, and the "numerus clausus" quotas that curtailed the number of Jews allowed to matriculate at university.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Alex Lauterbach.

This excerpt is in English.

Alex Lauterbach was born in 1923.