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

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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.