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.

Surprising Discovery of Jewish Roots in My Nazi Grandfather’s Side of the Family

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Uwe von Seltmann, German author and journalist, describes his surprising discovery that his father, whose own father was an SS officer, might have had Jewish roots in Austria.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Uwe von Seltmann.

This excerpt is in English.

Uwe von Seltmann was born in Musen, Germany in 1964.