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.

We Slept on Straw: A Jewish Home in Pre-War Lodz

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Jack Lewin—Yiddish poet and actor based in Los Angeles—remembers his childhood home in Lodz, Poland, including how he slept on the freshest hay because he had asthma.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Jack Lewin.

This excerpt is in Yiddish.

Jack Lewin was born in Lodz, Poland in 1928.