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 Very Small Basket: Limited Knowledge of My Jewish Family Background

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Helena Lipstadt, a poet and garden designer, talks about the culture of silence in the survivor community she grew up in, and how saddened she is that so many stories have been lost.

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

This excerpt is in English.

Helena Lipstadt was born in Berlin, Germany in 1947.