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.

"Eh, Let It Be Already": Abortion in Pre-War Berlin

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  • Sonia Pressman Fuentes, co-founder of the National Organization for Women, tells the story of her mother's experiences with birth control and abortion in Berlin in the early 20th century. She describes the social norms surrounding abortion for wealthy women, through the lens of her mother's own account and some coincidental research of her mother's abortion doctor.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Sonia Pressman Fuentes.

This excerpt is in English.

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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.

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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?