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.
Memories of Pre-War Yiddish Culture And My Warsaw Jewish Home
Henryk Robak, a native Yiddish speaker, describes his family and education in Warsaw before the war, including what his father did for a living.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Henryk Robak.
This excerpt is in Yiddish.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Memories of Pre-War Yiddish Culture And My Warsaw Jewish Home3 minutes 6 seconds
My Escape from the Warsaw Ghetto5 minutes 24 seconds
A Polish-Born Yiddish Speaker Explains the Formation of Post-WWII Jewish Organizations in Poland4 minutes 3 seconds
Going to the Great Synagogue on the High Holidays2 minutes 7 seconds
Why Stay in Poland After World War Two?2 minutes 48 seconds
"To Whom Can We Transmit the Yiddish Language?”: Jewish Cultural Programming in Contemporary Wroclaw2 minutes 35 seconds
My History Teacher was Emanuel Ringelblum: Remembering the Poale Tsion Shule of Pre-War Warsaw2 minutes 55 seconds
About the Wexler Oral History Project
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.
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