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.

Unexpected Opportunity: Conducting Over 500 Interviews with Soviet Jews about the pre-WWII Period

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Anna Shternshis, Associate Professor of Yiddish at the University of Toronto, speaks about how an unexpected closure of an archival facility in New York led her to conduct her own interviews with Soviet Jewry.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Anna Shternshis.

This excerpt is in English.

Anna Shternshis was born in Moscow, Russia.