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 Introduction to Communism

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  • Bel Kaufman, z"l, granddaughter of Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem and author of award-winning novels, recalls an episode from her childhood years in Odessa during the tumultuous period of the Russian Revolution.

This interview was conducted in English.

Bel Kaufman was born in 1911 in Berlin, Germany. Bel, z"l, died in 2014.

This interview is part of the Beyond the Books: Yiddish writers and their descendants series.

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Themes in this oral history excerpt:

  • Childhood
  • Other languages
  • Old Country
  • Eastern Europe
  • Soviet Union
  • Russia
  • Politics and political movements
  • children/grandchildren of Yiddish personalities, Beyond the Books

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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.

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