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.

Everything is Chance: A Survivor Offers Her Thoughts on How People Survived the Holocaust

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  • Lea Szlanger, a Yiddish actress born in Poland, shares why she feels people survived the Holocaust. Quoting a poem by Polish Poem Szymborska, Lea explains that she believes everything is chance.

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.

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.

Tell Us Your Story

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Do you (or someone you know) have stories to share about the importance of Yiddish language and culture in your life?