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.

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Helena Lipstadt, a poet and garden designer, describes the sudden change in milieu her parents experienced when they moved from Europe to the United States in 1952. [Note: ORT refers to Obchestvo Remeslenogo Truda: Association for the Promotion of Skilled Trades, a non-profit global Jewish organization.]

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Helena Lipstadt.

This excerpt is in English and Yiddish.

Helena Lipstadt was born in Berlin, Germany in 1947.