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.

Father's Childhood Stories From Tishevitz, Poland

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David Shtern, son of Yiddish writer Sholem Shtern, shares stories of his father's childhood in Tishevitz, Poland, including stealing potatoes from a neighboring farm, losing his brother in World War I, and hearing Trotsky announce that there was no antisemitism in the Soviet Union.

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

This excerpt is in English.