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.

Memories of the Industrial City of Lodz

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Jack Lewin—Yiddish poet and actor based in Los Angeles—recalls how his love of reading helped him survive in the Lodz ghetto during the Holocaust.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Jack Lewin.

This excerpt is in Yiddish.

Jack Lewin was born in Lodz, Poland in 1928.