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 Jewish on 12th Street in Detroit in the 1930s

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Shirley Zaft Benyas, singer and Yiddish theater actress, describes growing up on 12th Street in Detroit, Michigan in the 1930s.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Shirley Zaft Benyas.

This excerpt is in English.