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.

How My Mother Grew Up in Czestochowa After World War II

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Yaakov Wasilewicz, Jewish musician, describes his mother's childhood. Halina Wasilewicz grew up in post-WW2 Czestochowa, Poland and was a part of a cultural organization for Jews. She later became the head of the Czestochowa Jewish community.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Yaakov Wasilewicz.

This excerpt is in English.

Yaakov Wasilewicz was born in Czestowa in 1988.