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.

Ethnically Divided Neighborhoods: Growing Up on the "Irish West Side" then Coney Island

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Jack Hoffinger, attorney who grew up in the Bronx and Coney Island, describes growing up in the Bronx and Coney Island, where the neighborhood was so Jewish that even the Italian grocer spoke Yiddish.

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

This excerpt is in English.

Jack Hoffinger was born in Bronx, New York in 1926. Jack died in 2021.