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
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.
Other video highlights from this oral history
My Nazi Austrian Teacher Shook My Hand Before Returning to Austria1 minute 59 seconds
Our Village Synagogue Was Destroyed on Kristallnacht1 minute 37 seconds
Eastern European Jews Passing through Hamm, Germany55 seconds
Description of Hamm an der Sieg and My Jewish Family's Cattle Business4 minutes 20 seconds
About the Wexler Oral History Project
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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