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.
How My Parents Ended Up in Soviet Gulags and Then in Kyrgyzstan
Annette Libeskind Berkovits, Jewish author and former Senior Vice President of the Wildlife Conservation Society, picks up her father's story after he had stolen across the border to the Soviet Union from Poland after the Nazi invasion during WWII. She explains how her parents ended up in Soviet gulags and why they subsequently went to Kyrgyzstan where they met and Annette was born.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Annette Berkovits.
This excerpt is in English.
Other video highlights from this oral history
How My Parents Ended Up in Soviet Gulags and Then in Kyrgyzstan3 minutes 48 seconds
My Father's Involvement with the Jewish Labor Bund and Imprisonment in Poland3 minutes 46 seconds
My Father's Escape from Poland to the Soviet Union After the Nazi Invasion5 minutes 20 seconds
Life in Kyrgyzstan and Journey Back to Post-WWII Poland2 minutes 55 seconds
Description of Post-WWII Lodz2 minutes 15 seconds
Anti-Semitism in Post-WWII Poland4 minutes 5 seconds
Experiences of Jewish Life in Post-WWII Poland, Israel, and the United States3 minutes 27 seconds
"Needed Someone Who Knew Yiddish": My Father's Job in a Jewish Print Shop After Immigrating to the United States2 minutes 34 seconds
Discovering My Father's Autobiographical Audio Tapes4 minutes 15 seconds
How to Transmit a Sense of Jewish Identity?3 minutes 29 seconds
"The Boss Was Completely Incredulous": My Mother Organized a Strike at the Fur Factory2 minutes 9 seconds
About the Wexler Oral History Project
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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