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.

Facing Anti-Semitism in Washington D.C.

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Helen Kurzban, Brooklyn-born native Yiddish speaker and former administrator in the New York City public schools, recalls her first impressions of Washington D.C. in the 1950s, including shocking anti-semitism.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Helen Kurzban.

This excerpt is in English.

Helen Kurzban was born in New York, New York in 1930.