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.
Living Through the Collapse of the USSR
Anna Shternshis, Associate Professor of Yiddish at the University of Toronto, remembers what it was like growing up in the Soviet Union, and its collapse in 1989.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Anna Shternshis.
This excerpt is in English.
Anna Shternshis was born in Moscow, Russia.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Unexpected Opportunity: Conducting Over 500 Interviews with Soviet Jews about the pre-WWII Period
5 min 16 sec
Slide 3 of 6
"Laughter as a Weapon": The Creation, Seizure, and Rediscovery of the Archive for Jewish Proletarian Culture
5 min 58 sec
Slide 4 of 6