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
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 Kaunas, Lithuania in 1922.
Video highlights from this oral history
The Sofye Gurevich Secular Yiddishist School in Pre-WWII Vilna2 minutes 13 seconds
Helping My Least Favorite Teacher in the Vilna Ghetto3 minutes 50 seconds
Uniforms and Antics: Fania Bransovsky Recalls Pre-WWII Student Life in Vilna (Vilnius), Lithuania3 minutes 59 seconds
How I Came to Join the United Partisan Organization (FPO) in the Vilna Ghetto2 minutes 37 seconds
We Would Embrace Even A Stranger: Vilna in the First Days After World War II2 minutes 42 seconds
Why I Stayed in Vilna After the War1 minute 42 seconds
My Part in the Creation of the Famous "Black Book" About the Holocaust2 minutes 38 seconds
Vilna, Post-WWII: How We Found Out Who Had Survived2 minutes 25 seconds
I'm Alive Thanks To the Help of a Young Polish Man3 minutes 20 seconds
How I Became the Librarian of the Vilnius Yiddish Institute1 minute 56 seconds
Because Those Who Died Can't Tell These Stories: Fania Bransovsky Explains Why She Continues to Work Into Her 90s5 minutes 48 seconds
Purim at the Sofye Gurevich School57 seconds
More information about this oral history
- Family histories
- Jewish Identity
- Yiddish language
- Yiddish learning
- Coming back to Yiddish
- Immigration and migration
- Career and Professional Life
- Jewish professions
- Eastern Europe
- Soviet Union
- United States
- Politics and political movements
- Cultural transmission
- Jewish community
- Avram Sutskever
- Dovid Katz
- Vilnius Yiddish Institute
- Jewish Partisan
- Fania Brantsovsky
- Ilya Ehrenburg
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