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 Shock That Was Too Much for Some: Immigration from Kamenets, Ukraine to New York City

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  • Sue Ehrlich—New York native, Yiddish activist, and artist— describes the suffering that people who her family knew faced when immigrating to New York City and facing poverty for the first time.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Sue Ehrlich.

This excerpt is in English.

Sue Ehrlich was born in 1928 in New York, New York.

More information about this oral history excerpt

Themes in this oral history excerpt:

  • Sue Ehrlich
  • Kamenets
  • Ukraine
  • New York City
  • New York
  • Immigration, Migration
  • Eastern Europe
  • Yiddish Book Center

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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