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Liba Augenfeld's Oral History
Liba Augenfeld - Vilna native, former Jewish partisan and prominent Yiddish cultural activist after immigrating to Montreal - was interviewed by Christa Whitney on July 10, 2012, in Montreal, Canada.
This interview was conducted in Yiddish.
Liba Augenfeld was born in 1923 in Vilna, Lithuania.
Video highlights from this oral history
Libraries and Publishing Houses: Remembering Literary Landmarks of Pre-War Vilne (Vilna)2 minutes 12 seconds
Of Course The Great Yiddish Writer Avrom Sutzkever Stayed With Us!1 minute 35 seconds
My Father Taught The Great Yiddish Poet Chaim Grade2 minutes 56 seconds
"Compared With The Ghetto, It Wasn't Bad": Memories Of Being A Partisan In The Woods Around Vilna6 minutes 43 seconds
Remembering SKIF, the Bund's Children's Organization3 minutes 37 seconds
More information about this oral history
Themes in this oral history:
- Liba Augenfeld, Chaim Grade, Vilna, Vilnius, Vilne, Lithuania, Poland, Bund, Warsaw, Lodz, Spanish Civil War, Polish, Russian, Montreal Jewish Public Library, Montreal, Talking Books Project, Abraham Karpinowitz, Avrom Sutzkever, Abraham Sutzkever, Partisan, Vilna Ghetto,
- Yiddish speaker
- Yiddish language
- Eastern Europe
- Politics and political movements
- World War Two
- Other languages
- Jewish education
- Western Europe
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