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.
Jacob Apelberg's Oral History
Jacob Apelberg - a Holocaust survivor who speaks many languages and has lots of stories to share about life in Poland before and during World War II and about life in the Former Soviet Union - was interviewed by Martina Ravagnan on December 16, 2014 at the Association for Jewish Studies Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.
This interview was conducted in Yiddish and English.
Video highlights from this oral history
Memories of the German Invasion3 minutes 24 seconds
When to Leave, Where to Go: Memories of Poland Under Occupation5 minutes 30 seconds
"Language of the Diaspora": Speaking Hebrew or Yiddish in Israel3 minutes 21 seconds
The News in Soviet Kazakhstan: The Warsaw Ghetto on Radio Moscow2 minutes 18 seconds
Memories of Fleeing: from Białystok to a Russian Work Camp3 minutes 26 seconds
Translating from the Soul: Coming back to Yiddish through Translating a Poem3 minutes 41 seconds
Life in the Soviet Labor Camp4 minutes 2 seconds
More information about this oral history
- Family histories
- Jewish Identity
- Yiddish language
- Coming back to Yiddish
- Yiddish speaker
- Immigration and migration
- World War II
- Jewish education
- Family traditions
- Jewish holidays
- Yom Kippur
- Eastern Europe
- Soviet Union
- United States
- Youth group
- Jewish community
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Since 2010, the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project has recorded more than 500 in-depth video interviews that provide a deeper understanding of the Jewish experience and the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture.
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