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.
Samuel (Shmuel) Bak's Oral History
Samuel (Shmuel) Bak, Jewish artist born in Vilna, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on December 3, 2014 in Weston, Massachusetts.
This interview was conducted in English and Yiddish.
Samuel (Shmuel) Bak was born in Vilna, Lithuania in 1933.
Video highlights from this oral history
"Hearing Lithuanian in Vilna was like hearing Chinese in Boston," Samuel Bak On The Languages of Vilna
1 min 50 sec
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He Was a Father at 14 and Died from Cholent: the Story of Samuel Bak's Great-Grandfather and Namesake
4 min 56 sec
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