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.

"My Parents Told Me That The Barry Sisters Were German": Growing Up Unaware of but Curious About My Jewishness in the Soviet Union

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Pavel Lion aka Psoy Korolenko, singer-songwriter, reflects on growing up Jewish in the Soviet Union, including how he learned of his Jewish identity from his passport, and his efforts to understand concepts like antisemitism and Jewish peoplehood.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Pavel Lion (Psoy Korolenko).

This excerpt is in English.

Pavel Lion (Psoy Korolenko) was born in Moscow, Russia.