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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.

"Hearing Lithuanian in Vilna was like hearing Chinese in Boston," Samuel Bak On The Languages of Vilna

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Samuel Bak, Jewish artist born in Vilna, talks about the changing landscape of languages in Vilna.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Samuel (Shmuel) Bak.

This excerpt is in Yiddish.

Samuel (Shmuel) Bak was born in Vilna, Lithuania in 1933.