William E. Wiener Oral History Library
The American Jewish Committee’s William E. Wiener Oral History Library is one of the largest ethnic collections of oral histories in the United States. Over 6,000 hours of taped interviews and more than 150,000 pages of transcripts make up this unique collection. Aiming to record various aspects of the twentieth century American Jewish experience, AJC’s oral history staff and volunteers conducted interviews with Jews from all walks of life and spheres of thought and action. Within the collection are sub-groupings such as American Jewish Women of Achievement, American Jews in Sports, Soviet Jewish Emigres in America, American Jews of Sephardic Origin, Holocaust Survivors, and the Louis G. Cowan Collection. In 1990, the American Jewish Committee donated the William E. Wiener Oral History Library to the Dorot Jewish Division of the New York Public Library, where it has served the research needs of students, historians, journalists, and filmmakers.
These Web pages include audio excerpts of interviews with Bella Abzug, George Burns, Gerson Cohen, Abba Eban, Hank Greenberg, Sidney Hook, Golda Meir, and others. Full transcripts and audios can be accessed at the Dorot Jewish Division of the New York Public Library.
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