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.

"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 1960s

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  • Patricia Barbanell—Civil Rights activist and art teacher—recalls being a self-proclaimed Jewish Hippie in the Lower East side of New York in the 1960 and enjoying the community that the older Jews of the neighborhood fostered.

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

This excerpt is in English and Yiddish.

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?