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.

"My Mother Was a Bolshevik": Politics in My Yiddish-Speaking Home

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Hershl Hartman, native Yiddish speaker and educational director at the Sholem Community in California, explains the proliferation of politics in his early childhood.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Hershl Hartman.

This excerpt is in Yiddish and English.

Hershl Hartman was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1929.