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.

Billy, Our African-American Housekeeper Knew Yiddish

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Annette Epstein Jolles—Washington, DC native and social worker—remembers her non-Yiddish childhood Housekeeper, "Billy," and the other outside workers in Jewish businesses in her community who learned pieces of Yiddish language and culture.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Annette Epstein Jolles.

This excerpt is in English.

Annette Epstein Jolles was born in Washington, D.C..

Other video highlights from this oral history