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.

“All of a Sudden… I Said Yes!”: Becoming the President of the Workmen's Circle

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Barnett Zumoff, Yiddish translator and President Emeritus of the Workmen's Circle/Arbeiter Ring, describes when he first decided to join the leadership of the Workmen's Circle, and his first impression of Aaron Lansky, current President of the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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. Barnett died in 2021.