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.

Kiev and the Statue of the (In)Famous Khmelnitsky

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Barnett Zumoff, Yiddish translator and President Emeritus of the Workmen's Circle/Arbeiter Ring, recalls his father's story about leaving Kiev, and a particular statue of Khmelnytsky.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Barnett Zumoff.

This excerpt is in English.

Barnett Zumoff was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1926.