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
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.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Coming to Terms with Jewish Identity in the Face of Anti-Semitism during the 1960s Civil Rights Movement0 seconds
"Show Me Where You're Going to Go and I'll Follow I Hope": Encouragement to Younger Generations from a Former Hippie0 seconds
"They Show Up on the Boardwalk Complete in Nazi Uniforms": Encounter with the American Nazi Party during the 1964 Democratic Convention0 seconds
"Jews are Not Safe Unless Everybody's Safe": Jewish Activism in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement0 seconds
"It Was Like Going Back in History Because it was That Kind of an Old Jewish Community": Living in Lower East Side, NY in the 1960s0 seconds
"He Burned Them All... He was That Scared": Burning Communist Books in fear of Anti-Semitic Persecution during the McCarthy Era and The Red Scare0 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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