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 anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union.

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

This excerpt is in English.