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.

He Was a Father at 14 and Died from Cholent: the Story of Samuel Bak's Great-Grandfather and Namesake

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Samuel Bak, prominent Jewish artist from Vilna, tells the life story of his great-grandfather, who was married at age 13, became a father by 14, and died after an unfortunate Tisha B'av meal.

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

This excerpt is in English.

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