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.
We Spent the End of World War Two Hidden Among the Books in Vilna
Samuel Bak, prominent Jewish artist from Vilna, remembers the time he spent hiding in the repository of Jewish literature collected by the Nazis, as well as the work undertaken by the Paper Brigade to rescue books for their secret archive.
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.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
"Hearing Lithuanian in Vilna was like hearing Chinese in Boston," Samuel Bak On The Languages of Vilna
1 min 50 sec
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He Was a Father at 14 and Died from Cholent: the Story of Samuel Bak's Great-Grandfather and Namesake
4 min 56 sec
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