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.

Emotional Torture of Jewish Men in Bialystok by Nazi Soldiers

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  • Lea Szlanger, a Yiddish actress born in Poland, recounts how Nazi soldiers forced the Jewish men of Bialystok to lie on the tracks in the city as a train was approaching only to have the train change its course at the last second.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Lea Szlanger.

This excerpt is in Yiddish.

Lea Szlanger was born in Kalisz, Poland.

This interview is part of the series.

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About the Wexler Oral History Project

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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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