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.

A Haunting Encounter of Trauma, Language, and Shadows of the Holocaust in Berlin

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Gary Bart, Great-nephew of Jewish strongman Zishe (Sigmund) Breitbart, relates the story told to him by a Haaretz journalist living in Berlin about when he first moved to Berlin and an elderly German man recognized the Hebrew letters in the paper and started reciting the Sh'ma because he had heard Jews saying it so much during WWII.

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

This excerpt is in English.