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Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

Yiddish Book Center (Christa Whitney)

The Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project is a growing collection of in-depth video interviews with people of all ages, exploring Yiddish cultural topics and issues of modern Jewish identity. The Project is particularly interested in how Yiddish language and culture inform Jewish identity, and how they, along with Jewish values and practices, are transmitted across generations.



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Leonard Nimoy - Jewish actor most well-known for his role as Spock on in the Star Trek science fiction series - was interviewed by Christa Whitney in Los Angeles, California on October 15, 2013.  Parts of this interview are in Yiddish, subtitled in English. To see produced shorts based on this interview, visit:  http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/Leonard-Nimoy . To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story . To cite this...
Topics: Favorite Yiddish word, Yiddish words, Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish...
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Artist Stan Edelson was interviewed by Jessica Parker at the Yiddish Book Center on November 12, 2012. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Stan Edelson Oral History Interview, interviewed by Jessica Parker, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Amherst, MA, November 12, 2012. Video recording, https://archive.org/details/StanEdelson12november2012YiddishBookCenter ( [date accessed] )
Topics: Advice, Favorite Yiddish word, Yiddish words, Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood,...
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Dan Opatoshu, grandson of Yiddish novelist and short story writer Yosef Opatoshu, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on March 12, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview:  Dan Opatoshu Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Los Angeles, CA, 12 March 2014. Video recording,...
Topics: Dan Opatoshu, Yosef Opatoshu, Joseph Opatoshu, Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood,...
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Abraham Lichtenbaum, Yiddish teacher and director of the IWO (the Argentinian YIVO, Yidisher Visnshaftlekher Institut, Yiddish Scientific Institute) in Buenos Aires, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on July 31, 2012 in Vilnius, Lithuania. This interview is entirely in Yiddish. Abraham was born in Argentina in 1943. His father came from Warsaw to Buenos Aires as an orphan in 1922. His mother came from Odessa with her family in 1907 or 1908. His maternal family was originally from Slutzk,...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, nybc, ybc, Yiddish,...
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Eleanor Reissa, singer, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on August 22, 2013 at KlezKanada. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Eleanor Reissa Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Centerâs Wexler Oral History Project, KlezKanada, August 22, 2014. Video recording, http://archive.org/details/EleanorReissa22aug2013YiddishBookCenter ([date...
Topics: Advice, Family history, stories about ancestors, Jewish Identity, Childhood, Yiddish language,...
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Sasha Lurje, singer of Yiddish music born in Riga, Latvia, was interview by Agnieszka Ilwicka on November 25th, 2015, in Berlin, Germany.  To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Sasha Lurje Oral History Interview, interviewed by Agnieszka Ilwicka, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Berlin, Germany, November 25, 2015....
Topics: Music, song, singing, Yiddish language, Jewish Identity, Transmission, Eastern Europe, Western...
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Yelena Lembersky, granddaughter of Soviet Jewish artist Felix Lembersky, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on March 30, 2015 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Yelena Lembersky Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin Recording Studio, Yiddish Book...
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Hebrew,...
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Ari Greenberg, a past intern at the Yiddish Book Center, discusses his Jewish background: from his grandparent's involvement in Marxist-Zionist organizations to Jewish Environmentalism at Adamah. Elaborating on the language learning process, Greenberg shares his feelings about the challenges of learning Yiddish and defining his Jewish identity. To cite this interview: Ari Greenberg Oral History Interview, interviewed by Hada Margulies, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin...
Topics: Jewish Environmentalism, Adamah, Yiddish in Leftist Circles, Studying Yiddish, Jewish Identity,...
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Irv Zuckerman was interviewed by David Schlitt on June 6, 2011 at the Yiddish Book Center. Irv Zuckerman’s interview starts with a riveting story about how his name became Irving in the first grade. The vivacity with which Irv begins his interview stays consistent as Irv provides incredible details during each story he shares. The first portion of the interview focuses on Irv’s life growing up as the child of a Russian emigrant mother and a Polish emigrant father in the Bronx in Brooklyn,...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, nybc, ybc, Yiddish,...
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Joyce Rappaport, editor and granddaughter of Yiddish writers Malka Lee and Aaron Rappoport, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on October 9th, 2018, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story   To cite this interview: Joyce Rappaport Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, October 9,...
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language,...
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Ben Zion Shenker, a world-renowned composer of nigunim (wordless melodies) in the Modzitzer Hasidic dynasty's tradition, was interviewed by Hankus Netsky on July 3, 2012 in Brooklyn, New York. Ben Zion was raised in a musical home. His father was a cantor and he was considered a child prodigy by many. Throughout his career, Ben Zion has appeared on WEVD Yiddish Radio and has composed and recorded many niggunim which are used throughout the Orthodox world. To learn more about the Wexler Oral...
Topics: Jewish education, Music, song, singing, Radio, Israel, Family history, stories about ancestors,...
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Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman z"l, Yiddish poet and educator, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on August 26, 2012 at Yidish-Vokh in Maryland.  This interview is entirely in Yiddish. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story. To cite this interview: Beyle Schaechter Gottesman Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Yidish-Vokh, Maryland, August 26, 2012....
Topics: Yiddish language interview, Yiddish speaker, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Soviet Union,...
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Gabriela von Seltmann, Polish artist who explores issues of identity and memory, was interviewed by Agnieszka Ilwicka on December 10, 2015 in Warsaw, Poland. Gabriela and her husband, Uwe von Seltmann, co-authored a book on her family's history in the Holocaust.  To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Gabriela von Seltmann Oral History Interview, interviewed by Agnieszka Ilwicka ,...
Topics: Eastern Europe, Old Country, Roots, heritage, Transmission, Western Europe, World War Two,...
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Michael Winograd was interviewed by Pauline Katz on August 25, 2011 at KlezKanada. Michael begins his interview by briefly describing his family as half Russian and half Polish. Michael explains that his family wanted to become American, and when they arrived in the United States in the late nineteenth century they did not speak very much about their life in Europe. It wasn’t until Michael’s paternal great uncle moved to Brooklyn that he received a number of photographs that represented a...
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Orev Reena Katz, artist, radio host, and spiritual care provider, was interviewed (remotely) by Nina Pick on October 29th, 2020 in Toronto, ON, Canada. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Orev Reena Katz Oral History Interview, interviewed by Nina Pick, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Toronto, Canada, October 29, 2020. Video...
Topics: Assimilation, Books, Canada, Career and Professional Life, Childhood, Coming back to Yiddish,...
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Barbara Kupfer Murray was interviewed by Jessica Parker on November 22, 2013 at the Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, MA. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Barbara Kupfer Murray Oral History Interview, interviewed by Jessica Parker, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Yiddish Book Center, Massachusetts, November 22, 2013. Video recording:...
Topics: Coney Island, Brooklyn, Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Paris, France, Poland, Lodz, Soviet Union, New York,...
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Israel Zamir, z”l, Israeli journalist and son of Yiddish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on November 1, 2013 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Israel describes his father’s early life in Lenchen, a suburb of Warsaw, Poland. Singer was born in 1904, the son of Pinchos Menachem Zynger and Bathsheba Singer. Zynger was a dayan, or rabbinic judge, and counselled Jews at their homes on Krochmalna Street, later the subject of Singer’s In My...
Topics: Israel Zamir, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral...
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Velvel Pasternak, z"l , was interviewed by Hankus Netsky on August 15, 2011 at his home in New York. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Velvel Pasternak Oral History Interview, interviewed by Hankus Netsky, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Cedarhurst, NY, August 15, 2011. Video recording, http://archive.org/details/VelvelPasternak15aug2011YiddishBookCenter ( [date accessed] )
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, nybc, ybc, Yiddish,...
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Daniel Kahn grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. Daniel's mother was born in Detroit, Michigan, and his father was born in Akron, Ohio. Daniel's four grandparents lived in many different hubs across the nation including the Lower East Side, Wisconsin, and Ohio. Though a self proclaimed American, Daniel reflects on his mother's family's Galician past, and how his father's family left Austria-Hungary for England before immigrating to the United States. Growing up, Daniel went to Temple...
Topics: Detroit, New Orleans, Berlin, Moscow, Krakow, Bund, Union organizing, Reform, German, Psoy...
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Christian Dawid is a musician who grew up in Bremen, Germany. His mother was born in 1942 in Eastern Prussia, and was educated to become a teacher, but later became a sculpterist. His father, born in 1937 in Bremen, Germany, was a Protestant pastor. Growing up Christian was not exposed to Jewish culture, as he explains that Bremen had a very small Jewish population, and an even smaller display of Jewish public life. His only knowledge of Jewish culture came from his father’s interest in...
Topics: Advice, Childhood, Music, Ethnography, Career and Professional Life, Holocaust, Transmission...
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Miriam Isaacs, linguist and professor of Yiddish, was interviewed by Pauline Katz on December 26, 2010 at KlezKamp in the Catskills Mountains of New York State. Dr. Isaacs begins the interview discussing her family background. Her mother was from the shtetl (village) Solotvina, near Siget, Czechoslovakia which is today a part of Ukraine. Her father was from Isterik (in Yiddish), or Ustrzyki Dolne in Polish, in Galicia, Poland. Professor Isaacs explains that she was born in a Displaced Persons...
Topics: Yiddish language interview, Miriam Isaacs, KlezKamp, Sutzkever, Yiddish Book Center, National...
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Paul Lempel, son of Yiddish writer Blume Lempel, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on May 10th, 2019, in Eastchester, New York. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Paul Lempel Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Eastchester, New York, May 10, 2019. Video...
Topics: Yiddish scene, Yiddish speaker, Immigration and migration, Press, Literature, Books, Newspapers,...
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Yvette (Chave) Marrin, daughter of Yiddish writers Malka Lee and Aaron Rappoport, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on March 11th, 2018, in New York City. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story   To cite this interview: Yvette (Chave) Marrin Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, New York City, March 11, 2018. Video recording,...
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish...
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Professor Jean Baumgarten is the Director of Research at Centre de Recherches Historiques in Paris, France. This interview took place at the Association for Jewish Studies conference in Boston, Massachusetts, in December 2010. Professor Baumgartenâs family traces its origins back to the Alsace region; he comes from a family of horse dealers and leather merchants. His family came to Paris in the 19th Century. Baumgarten grew up in what he described as an assimilated family. He was not involved...
Topics: Family history and stories re. ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language (feelings...
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Sheila Horvitz was interviewed by Mark Gerstein on November 10, 2011 at the Yiddish Book Center. Sheila Horvitz, a lawyer and former teacher, recounts her life growing up in a strong Yiddish atmosphere in New York City in the 1950s. She describes her mother and grandmother’s emigration from a shtetl in Ukraine during the Russian Civil War in 1921, and she shows documents pertaining to their immigration and arrival in the United States. Sheila grew up in an orthodox home and she vividly...
Topics: Family history and stories re. ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language (feelings...
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Gloria Fein - tour guide at the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam - was interviewed by Jordan Kutzik on October 28, 2011 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. This interview is entirely in Yiddish. Gloria Fein was born in Munich where her parents, Holocaust Survivors from Lithuania, met after the war. She grew up in Flatbush where she initially attended public school. After having money stolen repeatedly by an older boy, however, her parents decided to enroll her in a...
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David Mazower is the great-grandson of acclaimed Yiddish author and playwright Sholem Asch. Mazower, who was raised and still lives in England, tells of his own background and encounters with Yiddish alongside stories of his great grandfather. Interestingly, on both sides of his family Mazower has strong Yiddish ties. His great grandfather on his father’s side, Max Mazower, was a Bundist active in Vilna at the turn of the 20th Century. Mazower, who didn’t grow up speaking Yiddish, still has...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, National Yiddish Book Center, books, Yiddish...
Yermiyahu Ahron Taub, gay Yiddish activist and poet, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on March 6th, 2019 in Washington D.C. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Yermiyahu Ahron Taub Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Washington, D.C., March 6, 2019. Video...
Topics: Family histories, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish learning, Yiddish scene,...
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Simcha Simchovitch, z"l, Yiddish poet, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on July 19, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Simcha Simchovitch Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney , Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Toronto, Ontario, Canada , July 19, 2016 . (https://archive.org/details/...
Topics: Jewish community, Yiddish personalities, Canada, America, Eastern Europe, Holocaust, World War Two,...
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Chana Mlotek, renowned musicologist and folklorist specializing in Yiddish music, theatre, and poetry, was interviewed by Hankus Netsky on August 15, 2011 at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York City. Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1922, Eleanor “Chana” Gordon and her older sister Malka grew up in the Sholem Aleichem Amalgamated Homes in the Bronx where they were immersed in Yiddish language and culture. Their father was an amateur actor who instilled a love for Yiddish music...
Topics: Yiddish language, Yiddish teaching, Yiddish revival and activism, Yiddish speaker, Yiddish scene,...
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Hanan Bordin, the Yiddish language instructor at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the author of several Yiddish textbooks, was interviewed by Marcy Blattner on July 13, 2010 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. This interview is entirely in Yiddish. Hanan Bordin was born in Riga, Latvia, in the former Soviet Union. Hanan states that he heard Yiddish as a child, but did not speak it. When he arrived in Israel in 1978, he had a vocabulary of about one hundred words in Yiddish....
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Rachel Weston, a London-based singer with a particular interest in Yiddish song, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on August 22, 2014 at KlezKanada in the Laurentian Mountains, Quebec, Canada. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Rachel Weston Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, at  KlezKanada in the...
Topics: Advice, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish learning, Music, Klezmer, song, singing,...
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Irena Klepfisz, lesbian poet, writer, and activist, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on September 25, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story   To cite this interview: Irena Klepfisz Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Brooklyn, New York, September 25, 2017. Video recording,...
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish...
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Avraham Fried, Lubavitcher Hasidic recording artist, was interviewed by Hankus Netsky on May 16, 2014 in Brooklyn, New York. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Centerâs Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story Avraham Fried Oral History Interview, interviewed by Hankus Netsky, Yiddish Book Centerâs Wexler Oral History Project, Brooklyn, NY, May 16, 2014. Video recording, [Internet Archive URL] ([date accessed])
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Archie (Hershl) Barkan, son of Yiddish writer Hayim Barkan, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on February 6th, 2018 in Woodland Hills, California. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Archie (Hershl) Barkan Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Woodland Hills, California, February 6, 2018. Video...
Topics: Family histories, Childhood, Yiddish language, Yiddish teaching, Yiddish learning, Yiddish speaker,...
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Bella Bryks-Klein, daughter of the Yiddish writer Rachmil Bryks, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on July 25, 2011 at the Yiddish Book Center. Learn more about Rachmil Bryks and view highlights from Bella's interview about him at: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/bella-bryks-klein-her-father-yiddish-writer-rachmil-bryks To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Bella Bryks-Klein Oral History Interview,...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, nybc, ybc, Yiddish,...
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Christa Whitney, director of the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, was interviewed by Lesley Yalen on October 12, 2010 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts.  To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Christa Whitney Oral History Interview, interviewed by Lesley Yalen, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin Recording Studio, Yiddish...
Topics: Smith College, Justin Cammy, oral history, Childhood, Family history, stories about ancestors,...
Bernard Dinkin, activist, organizer, and educator, was interviewed (remotely) by Nina Pick on December 9th, 2020 in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Bernard Dinkin Oral History Interview, interviewed by Nina Pick, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, December 9, 2020. Video...
Topics: Antisemitism, Career and Professional Life, Eastern Europe, Immigration and migration, Klezmer,...
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Olga Avigail Mieleszczuk, Jewish singer and accordion player, was interviewed on by Agnieszka Ilwicka on March 16, 2016 in Jerusalem, Israel. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Olga Avigail Mieleszczuk Oral History Interview, interviewed by Agnieszka Ilwicka, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Jerusalem, Israel, March 16, 2016. Video recording,...
Topics: conversion, Otwock, Ostrow, Mozowiecka, Jerusalem, Israel, Poland, New York, New York City,...
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Benzion Miller, world-renowned Hassidic cantor and collector and composer of nigunim (wordless melodies), was interviewed by Hankus Netsky in Borough Park, New York on June 6, 2012. Parts of this interview are in Yiddish. Benzion was born in a Displaced Persons camp in Germany. He was raised in a musical family - his father was also a cantor - in various neighborhoods in Brooklyn, New York. He recalls listening to WEVD Yiddish radio with his parents and discusses his memories of the Brownsville...
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Music, song,...
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Moishe Rosenfeld, founder of Golden Land Concerts & Connections, a New York City-based booking agency for Jewish performing arts, was interviewed by Hankus Netsky on June 13, 2012 in New York, New York. Moishe grew up in Montreal. His mother, Sara Rosenfeld, was an important Yiddish cultural organizer there. He has worked in Yiddish theater and film for much of his life. Following a minor acting stint, he worked with his cousin Zalman Mlotek co-producing Yiddish events, including the play...
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Yiddish language, Post-vernacular uses of Yiddish,...
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Irving Joseph Massey, son of Yiddish poet Ida Maze, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on November 13, 2013 in Buffalo, New York. This interview is conducted in both Yiddish and English. Irving's mother, Ida, was born in the village of Ugli, south of Minsk in Belarus. Her family was distantly related to another Yiddish literary great, Mendele Moykher Sforim. As a teenager, she emigrated with her family first to New York and later to Montreal where they settled permanently. Ida became a major...
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Sonia (Surele) Kramer, Brazilian Yiddish speaker and professor of childhood pedagogy, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on August 17, 2017 at Yidish-Vokh in Copake, New York. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Sonia (Surele) Kramer Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Yidish-Vokh in Copake, New York,...
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish...
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Paul Kaye, who helped rescue survivors of the Holocaust and fought in Israel’s War of Independence, was interviewed by Hillary Ossip on July 28, 2011, at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Paul begins by describing his family background. His father, whose original family name was Kamenetsky, came from Odessa and his mother from Lemberg (also known as Lwow or Lviv). They met on the Lower East Side of New York City. His father spoke only Yiddish, but his mother became fluent in...
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Larry Rosenwald—professor of English at Wellesley College, translator & translation theorist/critic—was interviewed by Christa Whitney on December 20th, 2018 at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Larry Rosenwald Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project,...
Topics: Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish learning, Music, song, singing, Literature,...
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Adah Hetko, graduate student in Jewish Studies, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on August 16, 2017 at Yidish-Vokh in Copake, New York.   To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview:   Adah Hetko Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, at Yidish-Vokh in Copake, New York, August 16, 2017. Video recording,...
Topics: Advice, Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Yiddish learning, Yiddish scene, Music,...
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Solon Beinfeld, translator and co-editor-in-chief of the Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary, was interviewed by Christa Whitney in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on December 5th, 2017.    To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Solon Beinfeld Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Cambridge, Massachusetts,...
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Coming back...
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Hazel Carr, painter, actress, and descendant of the Singer family, was interviewed (remotely) by Christa Whitney on May 28th, 2020 in Paris, France. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Hazel Carr Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Paris, France, May 28, 2020. Video...
Topics: Books, Career and Professional Life, Childhood, Descendants of Yiddish personalities, Eastern...
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Assaf Talmudi begins the interview describing his family’s lineage: His paternal grandmother and grandfather and his maternal grandfather were from Poland, and his maternal grandmother was from Holland. Assaf details how each of his grandparents made their way to Israel, which illuminates interesting historical migrations through Poland, Russia, and Africa as well as migrations directly from Poland to Israel. Growing up Assaf remembers only speaking Hebrew, though he remarks that his...
Topics: Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language (feelings of/about, meaning, descriptions of), Yiddish...
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Adrienne Cooper, world-renowned Yiddish singer and educator, was interviewed on December 28, 2010 at KlezKamp, in the Catskills of New York. In her interview, Adrienne talks about coming from a long line of singers. Her mother was a Yiddish and Hebrew singer, and she says that Yiddish was in her ear from the time she was born. Adrienne grew up in Oakland, California. She describes her family as “not frum,” although they kept kosher at home, and observed Shabbat. They belonged first to an...
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Henry Simkin was born and grew up in Western Massachusetts. Today Henry lives in Northampton, Massachusetts with his wife Maxine Stein, long-time Director of Development at the Yiddish Book Center. Henry was willing to tell his history understanding that he would get to share some of his stories of performing Jewish ritual circumcision (brit millah) as a mohel for his community and for friends in various locations in New England. Henry became a mohel by way of a combination of his training as a...
Topics: Pittsfield, Army medical corps, boarding school, hebrew school, Jewish community in rural...
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Helen Kurzban, a former teacher and administrator in the New York City public schools, was interviewed on March 12, 2013 by Mark Gerstein in Boca Raton, Florida. Helen shared memories of her parents’ immigration to the United States. Helen’s parents both came from Brest-Litovsk in Russia. Helen’s grandfather immigrated first to the U.S. and it was not until 1920 that he was able to bring the rest of his immediate family over to the U.S. Helen’s mother was sixteen at the time and within...
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Professor Yechiel Szeintuch, scholar of Yiddish literature, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on June 17, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Professor Yechiel Szeintuch Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Jerusalem, Israel, June 17, 2014....
Topics: Advice, Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language,...
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Dana Szeflan-Bell, child survivor of the Holocaust and native of Warsaw, Poland, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on May 15, 2011 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Dana begins her interview with detailed descriptions of her family and their lives in Poland prior to WWII. After the war they settled in Montreal. She recalls her grandparents’ professions and their sophisticated lifestyles. She also discusses stories her parents shared with her growing up; stories of happy...
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Uwe von Seltmann, German author and journalist, was interviewed by Agnieszka Ilwicka on January 3, 2016 in Krakow, Poland. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Uwe von Seltmann Oral History Interview, interviewed by Agnieszka Ilwicka , Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Krakow, Poland, January 3, 2016....
Topics: Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish learning, Yiddish revival and activism,...
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Alice Ahart, a retired speech language pathologist, was interviewed by Allie Brudney on November 17, 2011 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Alice Ahart grew up in Windsor, Ontario, right across the border from Detroit, where her mother’s extended family lived. Having left Europe after the borders to the United States were closed to Eastern European immigration, her parents settled in Canada and waited to be allowed into the goldene medine (the “Golden Land”). Alice...
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Jay Saper, Yiddish student and early childhood educator, was interviewed by Nina Pick on July 29th, 2019 in Weimar, Germany. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Jay Saper Oral History Interview, interviewed by Nina Pick, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Weimar, Germany, July 29, 2019. Video...
Topics: Books, Career and Professional Life, Childhood, Eastern Europe, Family histories, Food, Immigration...
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Catherine Madsen, former bibliographer at the Yiddish Book Center, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on September 18, 2017 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Catherine Madsen Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney , Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Yiddish Book Center in Amherst,...
Topics: Advice, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish learning, Other languages, Hebrew,...
Sam (Szlamek) Zelver, Holocaust survivor, was interviewed by Agnieszka Ilwicka on September 13th, 2019 in Foster City, California. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Sam Zelver Oral History Interview, interviewed by Agnieszka Ilwicka, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Foster City, California, September 13, 2019. Video...
Topics: Advice, Antisemitism, Assimilation, Career and Professional Life, Childhood, Coming back to...
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Allen Katz, former student at the Yiddish Folk Shule in the Wynnefield neighborhood of Philadelphia, was interviewed by Dorothy Goldstone on August 7, 2013 at the Yiddish Book Center. Allen was born in Philadelphia to parents from Ukraine and Romania. His first exposure to Yiddish came from his grandmother, who lived with them and spoke only Yiddish in the home. Later, Allen's mother insisted that he attend the Wynnefield Folk Shule so that he could learn formal Yiddish grammar. Allen's time at...
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Ahuva Jolish, child of Holocaust survivors, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on January 31st, 2018 in San Francisco, California. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Ahuva Jolish Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, San Francisco, California, January 31, 2018. Video...
Topics: Family histories, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish scene, Yiddish speaker,...
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Eva Raby, former director of the Montreal Jewish Public Library, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on July 10, 2012, in Montreal, Canada. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Eva Raby Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Montreal, Canada, July 10, 2012. Video recording,...
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Yiddish language, Yiddish learning, Coming back...
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Fania Brantsovsky, former Jewish partisan during World War Two and librarian of the Vilnius Yiddish Institute, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on July 27, 2012 at the Vilnius Yiddish Institute in Vilnius, Lithuania. This interview is conducted entirely in Yiddish. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Fania Brantsovsky Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's...
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Hankus Netsky, musician, folklorist, ethnomusicologist, and Chair of Contemporary Improvisation at the New England Conservatory in Boston, was interviewed by Nora Feinstein on July 8, 2010 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Hankus was born in 1955 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and grew up there in the middle-class Mt. Airy neighborhood. His father’s family immigrated from Podolia, Ukraine, and his mother’s family came from Kishinev in what is now Moldova. His father’s...
Topics: Klezmer Conservatory Band, Jews of Philadelphia, Jews of Boston, Jewish Education, Brecht, Klezmer,...
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Joel Halpern, professor emeritus of Anthropology at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, focused on his childhood and Jewish stories from his career and anthropological field work. His paternal background came from Austro-Hungarian Galicia at the turn of the twentieth century, and his maternal grandparents from Lithuania at the end of the nineteenth century. Both his parents were born and later lived in the New York area. Joel grew up in the Bronx and then Mt. Vernon in southern Westchester....
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Paula Teitelbaum was interviewed by Pauline Katz on December 28th, 2010 in the Catskill Mountains of New York. This interview is entirely in Yiddish. Paula was born in Poland after World War II to parents who had fled to the USSR during the Nazi invasion. She attended a Jewish school that taught Yiddish as a foreign language and performed in Yiddish language plays that retold the history of the USSR. She also attended lectures in Yiddish with her father and Jewish summer camps. Although she...
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Frank London’s interview begins with an interesting dive into his familial heritage. Frank weaves through the half finished stories he’s picked up in his lifetime, and deduces that as far as he knows, he’s at least third generation American on both sides of his family. Though little of his family’s geographical history is known to him, Frank tells numerous stories of his family’s reputation as they moved in and around New York City and Connecticut. Growing up, Frank had very little...
Topics: Family history and stories re. ancestors, Childhood, Yiddish language (feelings of/about, meaning,...
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Arnold Richards was interviewed by Sara Israel on June 1, 2012 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Arnold Richards Oral History Interview, interviewed by Sara Israel, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin Recording Studio, Yiddish Book Center, June 1, 2012. Video recording,...
Topics: Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish revival and activism, Coming back to Yiddish,...
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Katarzyna Czerwonogóra, Jewish Women Studies Scholar and translator at the Righteous Among the Nations department at Yad Vashem in Israel, was interviewed by Agnieszka Ilwicka on February 25, 2015 in Jerusalem, Israel. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Katarzyna Czerwonogóra Oral History Interview, interviewed by Agnieszka Ilwicka, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral...
Topics: Wroclaw, Krakow, Warszawa, Polska, Poland, Warsaw, Berlin, Germany, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, New York,...
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David Werdyger, Hasidic khazn (cantor) and solo singer, was interviewed by Hankus Netsky in Brooklyn, New York on July 3, 2012. This interview is partially in Yiddish. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: David Werdyger Oral History Interview, interviewed by Hankus Netsky, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Brooklyn, New York, July 3, 2012. Video recording,...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, nybc, ybc, Yiddish,...
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Harriet Bonfeld, educator, is the daughter of the late Leon Feinberg, Yiddish poet, author of many books, and regional editor for the Yiddish newspaper Der Tog. Harriet speaks briefly of her father’s background growing up outside of Odessa (the same town as Marc Chagall). She remembers that her father liked to talk about his parents and grandparents, who were wealthy in Russia before the Bolshevik Revolution. She knows that he came to America the first time alone at age 14 to look for his...
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Annette Zakuta and Sylvia Lustgarten, daughters of Yiddish writer Y. Y. Segal, were interviewed by Christa Whitney on May 8, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Annette Zakuta and Sylvia Lustgarten Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, May 8, 2016....
Topics: Yiddish language, Yiddish scene, Press, Literature, Books, Newspapers, Career and Professional...
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Marc Caplan- Professor of Yiddish Literature, Language, and Culture at Johns Hopkins University - was interviewed by Christa Whitney on December 20, 2011 at the Association for Jewish Studies conference in Washington, D.C. This interview is entirely in Yiddish. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story. To cite this interview: Marc Caplan Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral...
Topics: Yiddish language interview, Advice, Family history, stories about ancestors, United States,...
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Eve Jochnowitz, scholar of Ashkenazi foodways, was interviewed by Emma Morgenstern on June 22, 2010 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts.  To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Eve Jochnowitz Oral History Interview, interviewed by Emma Morgenstern, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin Recording Studio, Yiddish Book Center, June 22, 2010. Video...
Topics: Food, culinary traditions, Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History...
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Nikolai (Kolya) Borodulin, master teacher at the Workmen's Circle, was interviewed by Pauline Katz on August 25, 2011 at KlezKanada. This interview is entirely in Yiddish. Kolya spent the first thirty years of his life in Birobidzhan, a Jewish Autonomous region in Siberia created as a result of Stalin's nationality policy. Jews in this region were free to pursue secular Yiddish culture, thereby retaining some aspects of Jewish culture without challenging the Soviet Union's official policies of...
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