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

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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 1921 in Ukraine. Iosif, z"l, died in 2017.

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Themes in this oral history:

  • Iosif Lakhman, Ukraine, Dunaivitsi, Dinovitz, Itzik Feffer, Kaddish, Ukrainian, Russian, Yiddish Forverts, memoirs, army, Moscow, Boston, Massachusetts, Peretz Markish, Golda Meir, military,
  • Family history
  • stories about ancestors
  • Eastern Europe
  • Jewish education
  • Soviet Union
  • Holocaust
  • World War Two
  • Education
  • Jewish holidays
  • Theater
  • Newspapers
  • Yiddish teaching
  • Yiddish speaker
  • Yiddish scene
  • Yiddish language
  • Childhood
  • Immigration
  • Migration
  • Other languages
  • Old Country
  • Press
  • Synagogue
  • shul
  • temple
  • United States
  • Shtetl
  • Channukah
  • Khanukah
  • Channuka
  • Khanike
  • Hannukah
  • Hanukkah
  • Simchat Torah
  • Simkhas torah
  • Simkhes toyre
  • Pesakh
  • Peysekh
  • Passover

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