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.
Reading To Forget the Hunger in the Ghetto
Jack Lewin—Yiddish poet and actor based in Los Angeles—explains how reading Yiddish and Polish books helped him endure the starvation in the Lodz ghetto.
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.
This interview is part of the Beyond the Books: Yiddish writers and their descendants series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Mathematics Was Taught in Yiddish Until Fifth Grade: The Medem School in Lodz
3 min 11 sec
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