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 Never Left Me": My Return Trip to Germany
Sonia Pressman Fuentes—co-founder of the National Organization for Women who left Europe in 1934 on the Red Star Line—considers her trip to Germany in 1978. She discusses negotiating the trauma and bloodshed that surrounded her as she visited many sites and met many people with the same questions about guilt, healing, and memory.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Sonia Pressman Fuentes.
This excerpt is in English.
Other video highlights from this oral history
"It Never Left Me": My Return Trip to Germany4 minutes 49 seconds
My Brother's Intuition: How We Left Germany in 19335 minutes 5 seconds
"Eh, Let It Be Already": Abortion in Pre-War Berlin3 minutes 55 seconds
A Mother's Broken Promise, An Uncle's Gambled Dowry, A Hat Full of Bullet Holes: The Beginning of My Parent's Marriage11 minutes 54 seconds
A Family Saved from Deportation by Camille Huysmans2 minutes 9 seconds
Passengers of The Red Star Line: The Only Survivor at the Museum Opening7 minutes 46 seconds
Records of My Ancestors: My Trip to Poland7 minutes 35 seconds
About the Wexler Oral History Project
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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