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.

Suddenly I was a Holocaust Survivor: A Child Survivor's Experience of American Holocaust Memorial Events

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Irena Klepfisz, lesbian poet and writer, considers the traumatic experience of moving to the United States as a child, and specifically her experience at Holocaust memorial ceremonies, during which she often was asked to participate as the daughter of her deceased father, Michał Klepfisz, hero of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Irena Klepfisz.

This excerpt is in English.