A project of Brooklyn Historical Society
 
 
 
 
Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations examines the history and experiences of mixed-heritage people and families, cultural hybridity, race, ethnicity, and identity.
This website is a work in progress. Our digital collection of oral histories will be complete in January 2015, and our free curriculum will be posted in Spring 2015. Enjoy exploring now, and please visit again!
Listen - Personal stories of life, love, family, work, faith, and community

Caroline Fermin

“When we did the census a few times, she would be on the phone with them and they’d be like, “Well, whatever language you speak at home is what race you are. My mom would be furious. Having to choose I felt like was the hardest part."...

Yasmin Dwedar

"When you have to wake up every single day and hear about how your people are violent extremists, terrorists, and people just saying all these racist Islamophobic things, even the tiniest thing can get you emotional because you have to...

June Kaplan

"My father was one of 12, only four of whom actually came through the war. The rest were either killed in Germany — I don’t know how many of them were interned in camps. There’s a hole in the knowledge that we have about the...

Lyn Hill

"We kind of went for the high holidays and for the other holidays as well, for Sukkoth and Simchat Torah and Hanukkah and then my parents very often went on Friday nights and I did go through a period when I was maybe 13, 14, 15 years...