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.

Memories of the Russian Revolution

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  • Bel Kaufman, z"l, granddaughter of Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem and author of award-winning novels, describes her childhood home in Odessa and recounts a gruesome shooting which occurred in the courtyard and was fairly typical of life during the Revolution.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Bel Kaufman.

This excerpt is in English.

Bel Kaufman was born in 1911 in Berlin, Germany. Bel, z"l, died in 2014.

This interview is part of the Beyond the Books: Yiddish writers and their descendants series.

More information about this oral history excerpt

Themes in this oral history excerpt:

  • Russian Revolution
  • Bel Kaufman
  • Sholem Aleichem
  • Odessa
  • Ukraine
  • Childhood
  • children/grandchildren of Yiddish personalities, Beyond the Books
  • Russia
  • Soviet Union
  • Old Country

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.

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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?