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.

A Catholic Could Never Be President?: The Political Atmosphere of Leonard Nimoy’s Childhood Home

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  • Leonard Nimoy, Jewish actor most well-known for his role as Spock on the Star Trek science fiction series, shares his memories of the political discussions he listened in on as a boy, including early expressions of confusion and fear for the fate of Europe's Jews and debates over whether or not Franklin Delano Roosevelt would improve conditions for American Jews.

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

This excerpt is in English.

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

This interview is part of the series.

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?