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 and Jabotinsky: A Zionist Partnership Cut Short

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  • Gary Bart, Great-nephew of Jewish strongman Zishe (Sigmund) Breitbart, discusses Zishe's Zionism, describes the plan that Zishe and Jabotinsky created to have Zishe re-enact Samson's feats in Israel and to found a physical culture course to teach Jews how to become strong, also tells of Zishe's death.

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

This excerpt is in English.

This interview is part of the series.

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.

Tell Us Your Story

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Do you (or someone you know) have stories to share about the importance of Yiddish language and culture in your life?