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.

Fania Brantsovsky's Oral History

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Fania Brantsovsky, former Jewish partisan during World War Two and librarian of the Vilnius Yiddish Institute, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on July 27, 2012 at the Vilnius Yiddish Institute in Vilnius, Lithuania.

This interview was conducted in Yiddish.

Fania Brantsovsky was born in 1922 in Kaunas, Lithuania.

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Themes in this oral history:

  • Vilna, Vilnius, Vilne, Lithuania, Lithuanian, Avram Sutskever, Dovid Katz, Vilnius Yiddish Institute, Communism, Hebrew, Russian, Polish, Jewish Partisan, Fania Brantsovsky, Ilya Ehrenburg,
  • Advice
  • Family history
  • stories about ancestors
  • Childhood
  • Jewish Identity
  • Yiddish language
  • Yiddish learning
  • Coming back to Yiddish
  • Immigration
  • Migration
  • Other languages
  • Theater
  • Literature
  • Poetry
  • Ethnography
  • Career and Professional Life
  • Jewish professions
  • Holocaust
  • Education
  • Israel
  • Eastern Europe
  • Soviet Union
  • United States
  • Politics and political movements
  • Transmission
  • Roots
  • heritage
  • Anti-Semitism
  • Jewish community
  • Urban

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