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 Nazi Austrian Teacher Shook My Hand Before Returning to Austria

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  • Fred David--who grew up in Germany but moved to Kansas City during WWII, joined the US Air Force, and eventually became a veterinarian--remembers schoolmates picking on him for being Jewish and his Austrian teacher (who was a Nazi) shaking his hand before moving back to Austria after Hitler was elected.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Fred David.

This excerpt is in English.

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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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