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.

It Helped Them Find “Confidence and Consolation” In The Death Chambers: My Grandfather Eliezer Schindler’s Poetry Was Recited During the Holocaust

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Miriam Oles, granddaughter of Yiddish writer Eliezer Schindler, reads her grandfather's most famous poem, "Yidish loshn," from her grandfather's book of poetry, "Yiddish un Chasidish" and reads from the book's introduction, which states that Schindler's poems were sung by Jews in concentration camps during the Holocaust.

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

This excerpt is in English and Yiddish.

Miriam Oles was born in United States in 1947.