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 in Poland and Exile to Siberia
Molly Fogarty, Springfield librarian who was born in Munich, discusses her father's childhood in Poland and describes his and his family's exile to Poland after they requested to retain their Polish citizenship.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Molly Fogarty.
This excerpt is in English.
Molly Fogarty was born in Munich, Germany in 1951.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Father's Childhood in Poland and Exile to Siberia3 minutes 55 seconds
Early Childhood Memories of Munich2 minutes 32 seconds
Assimilation and Maintaining a Jewish Identity3 minutes 30 seconds
Gefilte Fish, Kishka, and Chicken Fat Smeared on Rye Bread: Family's Culinary Traditions4 minutes 13 seconds
Family's Traditions for Sitting Shiva1 minute 13 seconds
Exorcisms and Warding Off the Evil Eye: Grandmother's Eastern European Superstitions2 minutes 5 seconds
About the Wexler Oral History Project
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.
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