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 English and Yiddish.

Philip (Fishl) Kutner was born in 1926.