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.
Drafting a Communist
Hershl Hartman, native Yiddish speaker and educational director at the Sholem Community in California, recounts his time in the United States Army during the McCarthy era.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Hershl Hartman.
This excerpt is in English.
Hershl Hartman was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1929.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Shtot Oder Shtok?: Dialects & Interpreting for Hasidim on Phone Help Lines
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