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.

“After Two Months, I Couldn’t Stand It”: Melech Ravitch and His Family’s Vegetarianism

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Yosl Bergner, z”l, painter and son of Yiddish writer Melech Ravitch, explains how his father, Yiddish writer Melech Ravitch, became a vegetarian, then how the family followed suit—for a while, at least.

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

This excerpt is in Yiddish.

Yosl Bergner was born in Vienna, Austria in 1920. Yosl died in 2017.