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.

The Importance of The Montreal Jewish Public Library

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  • Sylvia Lustgarten and Annette Zakuta, daughters of Yiddish writer Y. Y. Segal, talk about the importance of the Montreal Jewish Public Library, and their family's occasional scraps with Rokhl Korn, the librarian.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Sylvia Lustgarten and Annette Zakuta.

This excerpt is in English.

Sylvia Lustgarten was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1926.

Annette Zakuta was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1929.

This interview is part of the series.

About the Wexler Oral History Project

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Since 2010, the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project has recorded more than 500 in-depth video interviews that provide a deeper understanding of the Jewish experience and the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture.

Tell Us Your Story

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Do you (or someone you know) have stories to share about the importance of Yiddish language and culture in your life?