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.

"They Show Up on the Boardwalk Complete in Nazi Uniforms": Encounter with the American Nazi Party during the 1964 Democratic Convention

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  • Patricia Barbanell—Civil Rights activist and art teacher—remembers protesting for a seat for the Freedom Democratic Party during the 1964 Democratic Convention in Atlantic City when the American Nazi Party arrived to counter-protest her and the other Civil Rights activists there.

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.

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?