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.

Surviving Kristallnacht in Vienna

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  • Moshe Kraus, Holocaust survivor and first chief cantor for the Israel Defense Forces, describes surviving Kristallnacht while studying music in Vienna and escaping on the last train to Prague.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Moshe Kraus.

This excerpt is in Yiddish.

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?