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

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  • 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.

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.

Tell Us Your Story

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Do you (or someone you know) have stories to share about the importance of Yiddish language and culture in your life?