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.
Alex Lauterbach's Oral History
Alex Lauterbach, retired chemist, was interviewed by Agnieszka Ilwicka on February 14, 2013 in Encino, California.
This interview was conducted in English.
Video highlights from this oral history
I Was Naïve: Memories of the Beginning of World War Two in Poland3 minutes 30 seconds
Soot in the Soup!: A Sukkos (Sukes) story1 minute 20 seconds
Rent In Exchange for Medical School Admission: "Numerus clausus" & Racial Quotas in Interwar Poland2 minutes 17 seconds
A Sentimental Attachment: Yiddish as One of the Many Jewish Languages1 minute 41 seconds
"Very Exciting, But Not My World": View Of Yiddish As A "Polonized" Jew1 minute 44 seconds
Covertly Trained to Help with the Manhattan Project3 minutes 53 seconds
Ham on the Windowsill54 seconds
"I Want Them to Feel It": On Educating Children Jewishly1 minute 25 seconds
Values From Secular My Jewish Parents: Find Out What's Going On In The World1 minute 5 seconds
Six "Nicaraguans" in Lwów: Escaping Poland During World War Two4 minutes 23 seconds
Nobody Wanted to Talk About It: On ("Polanized") Jews in Poland3 minutes 56 seconds
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