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.
Growing Up During the Great Depression
Anita Garlick, YBC zamler in Sullivan County, describes what it was like growing up during the Great Depression, and shares stories about grocery shopping, paying rent, and her father's struggling smoked fish business.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Anita Garlick.
This excerpt is in English.
Anita Garlick was born in New York, New York in 1924. Anita died in 2020.
Other video highlights from this oral history
"Yiddish Is the Language of Love": Relationship to Yiddish Through Grandparents
1 min 23 sec
Slide 1 of 11
A Family of Talmudic Scholars: My Father's Shtetl Background, and His Reason for Coming to America
1 min 20 sec
Slide 6 of 11
A Gan-eyden (Garden of Eden) in the Borscht Belt: Bungalow Colonies in the Catskills
4 min 1 sec
Slide 7 of 11
My Experiences as a Zamler in Sullivan County, and How Aaron Lansky Inspired Me
2 min 54 sec
Slide 10 of 11