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.

From Melons to Mafia: Adventures Working for the Railroad

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  • Philip (Fishl) Kutner, founder of "Der Bay" a website for Yiddish networking information, recalls his time working for the railroad, and how his close proximity to both the Mafia and live wires convinced him to get his teaching certificate instead.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Philip (Fishl) Kutner.

This excerpt is in Yiddish and English.

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?