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.

Longing for Gan-Eydn (Paradise): Reflections on Identity, Yiddish, and Poland

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Helena Lipstadt, a poet and garden designer, talks about the richness of Yiddish language and culture as a means of expression, and also her conflicted feelings about her Polish heritage.

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.