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.

Coming to Terms with Jewish Identity in the Face of Anti-Semitism during the 1960s Civil Rights Movement

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Patricia Barbanell—Civil Rights activist and art teacher—recalls how persecuted African Americans showed her how to cope with anti-Semitism while she was a teacher at a Freedom School in Mississippi in the summer of 1964.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Patricia Barbanell.

This excerpt is in English.

Patricia Barbanell was born in New York, New York in 1943.