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.

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Elliott (Elye) Palevsky – former CEO of River Garden senior services and child of Yiddish-speaking former partisan fighters – describes how his parents held onto their Jewish identities and passed that onto him. They spoke Yiddish together, even when they were around English speakers.

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

This excerpt is in Yiddish and English.

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