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.

Identity Theft and Father's Escape from Poland

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David Shtern, son of Yiddish writer Sholem Shtern, describes his father's escape from Poland, which included being kidnapped by a ring of smugglers who attempted to steal his identity.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with David Shtern.

This excerpt is in English.