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 Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists and Beyond the Books: Yiddish writers and their descendants series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Reading To Forget the Hunger in the Ghetto3 minutes 14 seconds
We Slept on Straw: A Jewish Home in Pre-War Lodz3 minutes 9 seconds
"When Children Start Playing in the Street in Yiddish, Yiddish Will Live"2 minutes 3 seconds
Memories of the Industrial City of Lodz1 minute 31 seconds
"My Kind of Kehile (Community)!": Secular Jewish Life in Melbourne3 minutes 8 seconds
No Sewage, but a Great Library: Memories of the Industrial City of Lodz1 minute 31 seconds
Mathematics Was Taught in Yiddish Until Fifth Grade: The Medem School in Lodz3 minutes 11 seconds
He Was a Volcano On Stage: Remembering Director Sigmund Turkow4 minutes 47 seconds
Celebrating Passover for the First Time in the Lodz Ghetto2 minutes 37 seconds
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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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