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.

"You Sort of Felt You Were on Sufferance Being Jewish": Growing up in Segregated Washington, DC

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Annette Epstein Jolles—Washington, DC native and social worker— recalls that many African American children from her neighborhood knew Yiddish, and feeling a connection between the Jewish and African American communities in a segregated Washington DC.

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..

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