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Ceremony and Symbolism at Camp Kinderland

Henry Kellerman, psychotherapist and author, recounts his time spent at Camp Kinderland, a Jewish Communist summer camp which shared a lake with its arch-rival, the Workmen's Circle affiliated Camp Kinder Ring.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

Yiddish and English at Camp Kinderland

Leo Summergrad - Yiddish speaker, educator, and WWII veteran - remembers attending Camp Kinderland in his youth and describes the use of Yiddish and English at camp.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

The Year We Cancelled Color War at Camp Kinderland

Henry Slucki, child survivor of the Holocaust, remembers one summer when he and his friends were troubled by the effect of color war at Camp Kinderland. He tells how the counselors were happy to cancel the event when they explained their position.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

Pete Seeger, Politics, and Yiddish Culture at Camp Kinderland

Henry Slucki, child survivor of the Holocaust, describes the importance of Camp Kinderland, where he spent four summers as a child.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

"Learning English" with Itche Goldberg at Camp Kinderland

Lyber Katz - z"l, progressive activist, Yiddish translator and son of Moishe Katz - tells the story of his Camp Kinderland experience with the Yiddish journalist Itche Goldberg,who Lyber unknowingly called "son of a bitchie" after being instructed by...

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

Choosing Camp Kinderland

Elaine Katz remembers the beginning of her family's history with Camp Kinderland, when the administration was still struggling to make ends meet.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

Camp Kinderland

Eugene Orenstein recalls going to Camp Kinderland as a child and then working there as a staff member. He discusses the ideological arguments of his era and the negative feelings these struggles left with him.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

Camp Kinderland for All

Pauline Katz, 2010-11 Yiddish Book Center Fellow, explains how Camp Kinderland had evolved from it's original structure by the time she went as a child, and was not only for Jews.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

How Political Cheers at Camp Kinderland Helped on a Public School Test

Pauline Katz remembers how cheers at Camp Kinderland taught her about leftist politics in history, and how they helped her on a public school test. She also explains the importance of Kinderland in her family history, and her own life.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

The Legacy and Future of Kinderland

Michael Katz, activist and grandson of Yiddish journalist Moishe Katz, talks about his involvement with the progressive Jewish summer camp, Camp Kinderland.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

זומער אין "קינדערלאנד"

Zumer in "Ḳinderland"

Leib, Abraham

Ṿilne : Farlag "Ḥaver", 1930

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library

Yiddish Language and Culture at Kinderland

Annie (Anye) Kaufman, pattern-maker and member of Yugntruf, critiques the way in which Camp Kinderland presented American history and Jewish history when she was a camper.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

Spanish Civil War and Peace Olympics at Kinderland

Pauline Katz retells her grandfather's story about how Camp Kinderland taught about the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s. Each bunk was assigned "loyalist," except for her zayde's (grandfather's), which had the misfortune of being the designated "fasci...

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

Kinder Ring vs Kinderland

Linda Gritz, Yiddish cultural activist, describes the challenge of choosing a summer camp for her children. A surprising experience at Kinderland plays a decisive role for her decision.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

Pauline Katz

Pauline Katz, 2010-2011 Yiddish Book Center Fellow, was interviewed by Lesley Yalen on May 6, 2011 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Pauline grew up in Boston, MA speaking Yiddish at home. Her parents are not native Yiddish spea...

2011-05-06

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

Transmitting Secular Jewish Identity Through Yiddish

Max Kellerman, sportscaster and Yiddish enthusiast, shares his memories of growing up in a secular Jewish home and attending Camp Kinderland. He discusses the challenge of finding a Jewish community while remaining committed to leftist causes and the...

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

Lyber Katz

Lyber Katz, z"l, progressive activist, Yiddish translator and son of Moishe Katz, was interviewed by Lesley Yalen on November 29, 2010 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Lyber is the grandfather of Pauline Katz, a 2010-2011 fello...

2010-11-29

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

Herb Molin

Herbert (Herb) Molin, a former lawyer for the City of New York and a staunch believer in the importance of Yiddishkeit, was interviewed by Jordan Kutzik on July 6, 2012 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Herb's mother was from Uk...

2012-07-06

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

Ricki Greenblatt

Ricki Greenblatt, former Camp Kinderland counselor and chorus singer, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on February 10th, 2020 in Boynton Beach, Florida.

2020-02-10

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

"They Got Us in Germany, They're Not Gonna Get Us Here": An Anti-Semitic Incident at Camp Kinderland in the Post-WWII Period

Michael Katz, activist and grandson of Yiddish journalist Moishe Katz, describes a time at camp when trouble with the neighbors turned into a Holocaust flashback for an older staff member.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts