by Bonnie J. Morris

Sybil’s Last Tape

Sybil Schiller Primus (1910-1997), lived in Brooklyn and raised three children, Sondra, Ronnie and Lance. Bonnie says, “I may have seen my great-aunt Sybil when I was tiny, but never met her again as an adult until this interview in fall 1996. She met me in her walker, wearing a red track suit. Instantly my tape recorder died; fortunately Sondra found fresh batteries. Aunt Sybil passed away in 1997, just months after our great afternoon. I treasure the tape, which is like one long spontaneous lyric of earthy Yiddish realism.”

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