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.

An Important Moment in American Folk History: Reflection on Camp Hemshekh and Ethnic Pride Movements in the U.S.

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Elliott (Elye) Palevsky—native Yiddish speaker, son of partisan fighters, and former cultural director of Camp Hemshekh—reflects on the place of a Yiddishist camp with a focus on social justice in the wider movements of ethnic pride in the 1960s and '70s.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Elliott (Elye) Palevsky.

This excerpt is in English.

Elliott (Elye) Palevsky was born in Bronx, New York in 1947.