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.
Gunther Rice's Oral History
Gunther Rice, child survivor of the Holocaust, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on December 13, 2012 in Glencoe, Illinois.
This interview was conducted in English.
Gunther Rice was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1924.
Video highlights from this oral history
Songs from the Synagogue Choir in Hamburg in the 1930s2 minutes 18 seconds
"It's Almost A Universal Language For Me": Yiddish Language Then and Now2 minutes 27 seconds
The Only Non-Jewish Teacher at the Talmud-Torah in Hamburg1 minute 31 seconds
Running Across the Border into Poland2 minutes 48 seconds
Origins of Kindertransport, A UK-Based Organization That Took In Children Refugees in the 1930s1 minute 42 seconds
We Don't Steal From Refugees: A Pickpocket Returned Stolen Money for Kindertransport2 minutes 48 seconds
Cherished Yiddish Letters from My Family in Wartime3 minutes 21 seconds
Who Is A Survivor?: Reflections on Living through the Holocaust2 minutes 39 seconds
"Like Home": Speaking Yiddish2 minutes 16 seconds
To Israel or America After WWII?: Choosing Because A Refugee from the Continent Could Go In My Place2 minutes 7 seconds
More information about this oral history
- Family histories
- Jewish Identity
- Yiddish language
- Immigration and migration
- World War II
- Family traditions
- Jewish holidays
- Eastern Europe
- Western Europe
- United States
- Yiddish Book Center
- Cultural transmission
- Jewish community
- Latin America
- Descendants of Yiddish personalities
- Beyond the Books
- Gunther Rice
- Natan Fruchter
- Letter Writing
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