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.
Fear of the Black Hand Italian Mafia Between Kids at the Jewish Center
Fay Webern, New York City native and writer of historical, literary non-fiction, talks about learning Hebrew at the Jewish Center and being to afraid of the Italian mafia's Black Hand to go to the bathroom.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Fay Webern.
This excerpt is in English.
Fay Webern was born in New York, New York in 1927.
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Popcorn and Fundraising at Intermission: Memories of New York Yiddish and English Theaters and Movie Houses
2 min 16 sec
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"Kukh-aleyns”: The Jewish Summer Retreat for Those Who Couldn’t Afford the Catskills
1 min 23 sec
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