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.

Patriotism and My Mother's American Citizenship Papers

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Shirley Zaft Benyas, singer and Yiddish theater actress, shares the story of how her mother got her citizenship papers.

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

This excerpt is in English.