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.

Troublemaking in the Hoyf (Courtyard): Yosl Bergner Remembers Warsaw of His Youth

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  • Yosl Bergner, z”l, painter and son of Yiddish writer Melech Ravitch, shares memories from the courtyard in which he grew up in Warsaw in the 1920s and 1930s.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Yosl Bergner.

This excerpt is in Yiddish.

was born in 1920 in Vienna, Austria. Yosl , z"l, died in 2017.

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?