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.

The Unfinished Story of My Grandfather’s Letters

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  • Miriam Oles, granddaughter of Yiddish writer Eliezer Schindler, recounts how her parents found a massive box of letters to her grandfather that he had stored in a Munich library in the 1930s. These letters, most of whose authors -- fans, publishers, fellow Olim Movement sympathizers -- perished in the Holocaust, are mostly in Yiddish and are sitting stagnant, waiting to be read and researched!

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Miriam Oles.

This excerpt is in English.

This interview is part of the series.

About the Wexler Oral History Project

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Since 2010, the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project has recorded more than 500 in-depth video interviews that provide a deeper understanding of the Jewish experience and the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture.

Tell Us Your Story

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Do you (or someone you know) have stories to share about the importance of Yiddish language and culture in your life?