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.

"When the labor inspector came, they had a little ditty that they sang as a warning": Children working illegally in the Garment Factories of New York City

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  • Sue Ehrlich—New York native, Yiddish activist, and artist—describes story her mother told her about a song adults in the Garment Factory would sing as a warning to the working, underaged children to hide when labor inspectors came.

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
  • garment worker
  • garment industry
  • child labor
  • labor
  • sweatshop
  • America
  • Family history, stories about ancestors

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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