The Yiddish Book Center's
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.
Iosif Lakhman's Oral History
Iosif Lakhman, z"l, native Yiddish speaker who grew up in the Soviet Union and writer for the Forverts, was interviewed by Aaron Lansky on October 30, 2013 in Brighton, MA.
This interview was conducted in Yiddish.
Iosif Lakhman was born in Ukraine in 1921. Iosif died in 2017.
Video highlights from this oral history
August 12,1952: We Had No Idea About the Murder of Peretz Markish and the Soviet Yiddish Poets
2 min 45 sec
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The Language is Not Important, It’s the Knowledge: How I Ended Up In A Jewish School in the Soviet Union
2 min 6 sec
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1936: Reciting a Poem for Itzik Feffer, Soviet Yiddish Poet, When He Visited Our Ukrainian Shtetl
3 min 57 sec
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1937: They Gave a Directive to Round up Six Enemies of the Soviet State From Our Shtetl
3 min 4 sec
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