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.

Leonard Nimoy Shares His Sense of Zaslav, His Parents’ Hometown

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Leonard Nimoy, Jewish actor most well-known for his role as Spock on the Star Trek science fiction series, discusses his parents' experiences with antisemitism and violence in their Ukrainian shtetl and describes how they were able to preserve a sense of community through the activities of the landslayt (landsmanshaft).

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Leonard Nimoy.

This excerpt is in English and Yiddish.

Leonard Nimoy was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1931. Leonard died in 2015.

This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.

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