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.

Constructing an Identity Apart from My Hero Father: Irena Klepfisz's Memories of the Arbeter Ring Shule

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Irena Klepfisz, lesbian poet and writer, remembers her years at the Arbeter Ring Shule (secular Yiddish school), and her experience constructing an identity in a community that recognized her largely by her father, Michał Klepfisz, a hero of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

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

This excerpt is in English.