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.

Zishe Breitbart vs. Marta Fara: The Fraud of Hypnotist Hanussen

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Gary Bart, Great-nephew of Jewish strongman Zishe (Sigmund) Breitbart, tells the story of the hypnotist Hanussen trying to humiliate Zishe by pretending to hypnotize a woman to give her the same strength as Zishe.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Gary Bart.

This excerpt is in English.