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 All One Piece: On Finding Zionism, and Experiencing Judaism in Israel

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Paul Azaroff, Hebrew and Judaic Studies teacher and native of New York City, found Zionism after feeling tremendous guilt for the suffering of his mother's family in the Holocaust. To help alleviate the intergenerational trauma of his people, he became a Zionist and experienced a new way of being a Jew while living in Israel.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Paul Azaroff.

This excerpt is in English.

Paul Azaroff was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1934.