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.

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  • Sue Ehrlich—New York native, Yiddish activist, and artist—describes the difficulty her brothers faced as young Jewish men in the job market at the start of World War Two.

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:

  • Civil Service Exam
  • Sue Ehrlich
  • Immigration, Migration
  • Career and Professional Life
  • Scholarship, Academia
  • World War Two
  • Education
  • America
  • United States
  • Urban
  • Anti-Semitism

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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