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.

How My Parents Ended Up in Soviet Gulags and Then in Kyrgyzstan

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  • 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.

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?