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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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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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Lola Kipnis Ladin, Montreal-born Yiddish speaker and enthusiast, was interviewed by Michael Yashinsky on January 29, 2016 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: Lola Kipnis Ladin Oral History Interview, interviewed by Michael Yashinsky, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin Recording Studio, Yiddish...
Topics: Advice, Favorite Yiddish word, Yiddish words, Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood,...
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Hinde Ena Burstin, feminist and writer, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on February 14, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: https:// www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Hinde Ena Burstin  Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project,  Melbourne, Australia ,  February 14, 2017 ....
Topics: Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish teaching, Yiddish scene, Yiddish speaker, Literature,...
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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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Saul Rubinek, actor, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on November 29, 2017 in Hollywood, 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: Saul Rubinek Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Hollywood, California, November 29, 2017. Video recording,...
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish...
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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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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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Ruth (Riva) Minsky Sender, Holocaust survivor and author, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on March 19, 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-sto ry To cite this interview: Ruth (Riva) Minsky Sender Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin Recording Studio, Yiddish Book Center,...
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish...
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Mira (Mirele) Sutzkever, daughter of Yiddish poet Avrom Sutzkever, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on June 13, 2014 in Tel Aviv, 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: Mira (Mirele) Sutzkever Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Tel Aviv, Israel, June 13, 2014. Video recording,...
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Yiddish language, Yiddish speaker, Immigration,...
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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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Tal Hever-Chybowski, now director of the Paris Yiddish Center Medem Library, was interviewed by Allie Brudney on February 08, 2014 in Berlin, 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: Tal Hever-Chybowski, interviewed by Allie Brudney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Berlin, Germany, February 08, 2014....
Topics: Berlin, Neukolln, Paris, Jerusalem, Vilnius, Vilna, Ukraine, Naborski, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, Advice,...
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Marvin Zuckerman, retired English and Yiddish professor, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on January 17, 2013 in Pacific Palisades, California.  To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish...
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Chaim Bargman, Lithuanian Jewish tour guide, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on August 1st, 2019 in Kaunas, Lithuania. 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: Chaim Bargman Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Kaunas, Lithuania, August 1, 2019. Video...
Topics: Kaunas, Kovne, Kovno, lithuania, tour guide
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Goldie Morgentaler, daughter of Yiddish writer Chava Rosenfarb, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on July 21, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, 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: Goldie Morgentaler Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, July 21, 2016. Video recording,...
Topics: Love, Relationships, children/grandchildren of Yiddish personalities, Beyond the Books, Politics...
Harvey Niebulski, child of Holocaust survivors and Yiddish musician, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on January 8th, 2019 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: Harvey Niebulski Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Amherst, Massachusetts, January 8, 2019. Video...
Topics: Advice, Family histories, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish speaker, Music,...
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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] )
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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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Barbara Kirshenblatt Gimblett was interviewed by Christa Whitney on May 7, 2013 in Warsaw, Poland.  To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Barbara Kirshenblatt Gimblett Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Warsaw, Poland, May 7, 2013/ Video recording: https://archive.org/details/BarbaraKirshenblattGimblett7May2013YiddishBookCenter...
Topics: Toronto, Canada, New York City, Warsaw, Poland, Museum of the History of Polish Jews, New York...
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Nora Gerard, Program Director at the Yiddish Book Center, discusses her career, family and the Jewish intersections throughout her life. Sharing her experiences just starting out in television as a typist for a soap opera and eventually working her way up to directing for CBS News in New York, she explains what her career experiences have meant to her thus far. Gerard also details her involvement with the community in Springfield through developing the Holocaust Center and Springfield Community...
Topics: Yiddish, CBS News, Belarus, Family Tree, Springfield, Holocaust Center in Springfield, Jewish...
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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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Barbara Buloff, daughter of Yiddish actors Joseph Buloff & Luba Kadison, and granddaughter of Leib Kadison, cofounder of the Vilna Troupe, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on January 11th, 2017, 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: Barbara Buloff Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History...
Topics: Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish scene, Theater, Jewish professions,...
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Benjamin Harshav, professor emeritus at Yale University, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on March 18, 2013 in North Haven, CT. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Centerâs Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Benjamin Harshav Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, North Haven, CT, March 18, 2013. Video recording,...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, nybc, ybc, Yiddish,...
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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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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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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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Polina Markovna Shepherd, Yiddish performer, composer, and choir leader, was interviewed by Ze'ev Duckworth on July 16, 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: Polina Markovna Shepherd Oral History Interview, interviewed by Ze'ev Duckworth, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin Recording Studio, Yiddish...
Topics: World War Two, Jewish education, Family traditions, Childhood, Yiddish language, song, singing,...
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Rita Licht Rosenthal, retired social worker, was interviewed by Nina Dabek on July 22, 2013 in Amherst, MA. In this interview, Rita speaks of her family background; how both of her parents emigrated to New York from Galicia. She talks of her early years growing up in the Bronx, learning Yiddish even though her parents spoke only English to her. Later, she speaks to her involvement in creating the Jewish Center and also her involvement in the Women's Movement, as well as transmission of...
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Ron Finegold, audio recording engineer and curator of notable recordings at Montreal's Jewish Public Library, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on December 13, 2011 at the Jewish Public Library in Montreal, Quebec. Ron's father's side of the family came to Montreal as a group through the Jewish Colonization Program in South America. Ron's mother was born in 1896, and lived in Płoskirów, now known as Khmelnytskyi, in modern-day Ukraine, from 1914-1921. Ron's mother recounted the events...
Topics: Advice, Family history and stories re. ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish learning,...
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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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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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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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Boris Rubenstein was interviewed by Christa Whitney on May 15, 2011 at the Yiddish Book Center. Boris Rubinstein, child and adolescent psychiatrist, grew up in Mexico City, Mexico. He explained that both his father and mother immigrated from Eastern Europe—Poland and Ukraine—to Mexico City. His father left Eastern Europe as a teenager, while his mother left as a young child, both following family members across the ocean. His uncle had a sock factory, and Boris remembers going once a year...
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Samuel (Shmulik) Kilsztajn, professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on May 23rd, 2018 in São Paulo, Brazil. 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: Samuel Kilsztajn Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 23, 2018. Video...
Topics: Childhood, Coming back to Yiddish, Family histories, Holocaust, Immigration and migration, Jewish...
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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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Annette Epstein Jolles, social worker, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on March 18, 2015 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: Annette Epstein Jolles Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin Recording Studio, Yiddish Book Center, March 18, 2015....
Topics: Advice, Favorite Yiddish word, Yiddish words, Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood,...
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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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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...
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Bracha Weingrod grew up in Winnipeg, Canada surrounded by Yiddish and the many Yiddish communities that made Winnipeg the city it was. She was trained as a Yiddish teacher by the Workmen's Circle. She was a part of Young Judea and was an activist for Israel, which is how she met her husband. After the 1973 war, they moved their family to Israel where she worked in education, specifically for the Dyslexic. A major part of her work has been trying to get Israel to embrace Yiddish orthography for...
Topics: Yiddish Press, Immigration, Israel, Childhood, Career and Professional Life, Yiddish Language,...
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Judy Kunofsky was born in New York City to a secular family. She attended the Arbeter Ring (Workmen's Circle) as a child for four years. She moved to California after college and to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1972. After going to KlezKamp for more than a dozen years, she and colleagues decided to create a non-profit in the Bay Area to promote Yiddish culture and klezmer music. KlezCalifornia was formed in 2003 and is now a thriving part of the Bay Area Jewish scene. Judy learned Yiddish at...
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Bel and Sherwin Kaufman, grandchildren of Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem, were interviewed by Christa Whitney on April 1st, 2014 in New York City. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Centerâs Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story Bel and Sherwin Kaufman Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, New York City, April 1st, 2014....
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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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Carol Tellerman, z"l, member of the Hazomir Chorale of pre-WWII Lodz, Poland, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on March 14, 2013 in North Miami Beach, Florida. This interview is entirely in Yiddish. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Carol Tellerman Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, N. Miami Beach, FL,...
Topics: song, singing, Childhood, Yiddish language, Immigration, Migration, Music, Eastern Europe, United...
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Sophia Wise speaks about her family background. As a child her mother sang Tumbalalaika, which she didn't realize was Yiddish until she took the January term Yiddish course at the Book Center. She speaks about her great-grandfather's Yiddish letters, which she hopes to be able to read. Sophia then goes into detail about growing up as a Jew in Orlando, Florida and her family's involvement in the Jewish community. Sophia's Aunt Tess Wise established the Holocaust Center in Orlando and was one of...
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Katka Reszke, writer, filmmaker and Polish-Jewish activist, was interviewed by Agnieszka Ilwicka on December 7, 2013 in Wroclaw, Poland. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite: Katka Reszke Oral History Interview, interiewed by Agnieszka Ilwicka, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Wroclaw, Poland, December 7, 2013. Video recording,...
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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...
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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...
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Henry Dunow, literary agent and son of Yiddish writer Moyshe Dluznowsky, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on June 5, 2013 in Amherst, MA. Henry is the son of Yiddish winter (novelist, journalist, playwright) Moyshe Dluznowsky. In this interview, he spoke of his father; his history, personality, writing, physical appearance and how he was as a father. Our conversation often referenced parts of Henry's book The Way Home. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit:...
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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,...
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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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Rena Trefman Cobrinik, writer and educator, was interviewed by Saul Hankin on March 27th, 2014 at the Yiddish Book Center. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Centerâs Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story Rena Trefman Cobrinik Oral History Interview, interviewed by Saul Hankin, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin Recording Studio, Yiddish Book Center, March 27, 2014.
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Harold Bloom, z"l , literary critic, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on September 22, 2019 in New Haven, Connecticut.  To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview:  Harold Bloom Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, New Haven, Connecticut,  http://archive.org/details/ HaroldBloom22Sept2019YiddishBookCenter...
Topics: Harold Bloom, Odessa, East Bronx, the Bronx, New York City, Yale University, Yiddish language,...
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Ed Colker, artist, designer, and teacher, was interviewed by Nina Pick on June 26, 2017 in Mt. Kisco, 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: Ed Colker Oral History Interview, interviewed by Nina Pick, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Mt. Kisco, New York, June 26, 2017. Video recording, [https://archive.org/details/EdColker26Jun2017YiddishBookCenter]...
Topics: Advice, Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish teaching,...
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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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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...
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Faina Kukliansky, president of the Lithuanian Community Center in Vilnius, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on July 30th, 2019 in Vilnius, Lithuania. 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: Faina Kukliansky Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Vilnius, Lithuania, July 30, 2019. Video...
Topics: Holocaust, World War II, Vilnius, Vilne, Vilna, Lithuania, Shavel, Shavl, Šiauliai
Eleanor Reissa, singer, actress, and director in both Yiddish and English, was interviewed (remotely) by Nina Pick on February 1st, 2022 in Carmel, New York. Recorded as part of the Collecting These Times: American Jewish Experiences of the Pandemic project with the Council of American Jewish Museums, to record stories from the COVID-19 pandemic from 2020-2022. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To...
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Shimon Alperovitch, z"l, head of the Jewish community in Vilnius, Lithuania, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on July 31, 2012 in Vilnius. This interview is entirely in Yiddish. Shimon Alperovitch was born in Vilna in 1928, during the Polish occupation of Lita. His mother came from a prominent Jewish family in Lita (Lithuania) called Strashun. Some of Shimon's ancestors were renowned rabbis, mentioned in the German Jewish encyclopedia, Brockhaus. There is a library named after the...
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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,...
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Charles Corfield begins his interview with a briefing on his limited knowledge of his family's lineage. With two parents from Wales, Charles remembers his life in the newly developed, liberal democratic, and diverse town of Win Garden City in the United Kingdom. His life growing up was very secular, and he remembers the tolerance of his community. He reminisces about how the town's shul was built next to the Friend's meeting house, as one of many examples of his town's common ongoings. Charles...
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Eléonore Biezunski, singer, musician, and sound archivist, was interviewed (remotely) by Christa Whitney on May 10th, 2022 in New York, NY. 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: Eléonore Biezunski Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, New York, New York, May 10, 2022. Video...
Topics: Advice, Career and Professional Life, Jewish identity, Music, Singing
Geoffrey Gladstone, grandson of Yiddish writer Jacob Glatstein, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on February 29th, 2020 in West Bloomfield, Michigan. 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: Geoffrey Gladstone Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, West Bloomfield, Michigan, February 29, 2020. Video...
Topics: Childhood, Descendants of Yiddish personalities, Family histories, Jewish identity, Languages,...
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Moshe Kraus, Holocaust survivor and first chief cantor of the Israel Defense Forces, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on November 4th, 2016, in Ottawa, 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: Moshe Kraus Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, November 4, 2016....
Topics: Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish speaker, Music, song, singing, Career and Professional...
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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...
Topics: Family history and stories re. ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language (feelings...
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Jalda Rebling, Renewal Cantor and Yiddish performer, was interviewed by Allie Brudney on March 11, 2014 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: Jalda Rebling Oral History Interview, interviewed by Allie Brudney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Berlin, Germany, March 11, 2014. (https://archive.org/details/JaldaRebling11Mar2014YiddishBookCenter)...
Topics: Advice, Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Yiddish language, Immigration,...
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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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Mark Gerstein was interviewed by Christa Whitney on July 5, 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: Mark Gerstein Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin Recording Studio, Yiddish Book Center, July 5, 2012. Video recording,...
Topics: Advice, Favorite Yiddish word, Yiddish words, Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood,...
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Yale Strom - musical performer, artist, and ethnographic collector of Yiddish music - was interviewed by Christa Whitney on December 21, 2016 at the Association for Jewish Studies Conference in San Diego, CA. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Yale Strom Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Association for...
Topics: Advice, Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language,...
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Rabbi Yitzhak Rapoport, acclaimed Rabbi with international service and teaching experience, was interviewed by Agnieszka Ilwicka on February 22, 2015 at his home in  Ma'ale Adumim, 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: Yitzhak Rapoport Oral History Interview, interviewed by Agnieszka Ilwicka , Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Ma'ale Adumim, Israel,...
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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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Sheva Zucker, Yiddishist and Yiddish teacher, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on August 17, 2013 at Yidish-Vokh in Reisterstown, Maryland. 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: Sheva Zucker Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Reisterstown, Maryland, August 17, 2013. Video recording,...
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Lori Leifer, Yiddish singer and actor, was interviewed by Nina Pick on July 3rd, 2019 in New York, NY. 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: Lori Leifer Oral History Interview, interviewed by Nina Pick, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, New York, New York, July 3, 2019. Video recording,[https://archive.org/details/LoriLeifer3Jul2019YiddishBookCenter]...
Topics: Assimilation, Career and Professional Life, Childhood, Eastern Europe, Family histories, Feminism,...
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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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Frances Morrill Schlitt is a retired social worker originally from Auburn, Maine. She is the mother of a 2010-2011 Yiddish Book Center Fellow, David Schlitt. Frances' mother was an immigrant to the United States from Ponovitch, Lithuania, while her father came from outside Ponovitch. They met and married in the United States. Frances remembers thinking her mother was illiterate, but after she died Frances realized she could read and write (in addition to speak, of course) Yiddish. Frances also...
Topics: Jewish Immigrants, Jewish Day School, Jewish Calendar, Lithuania, Ponovitch, Jewish Ritual,...
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Anthony Russell, trained bass opera singer and notable Yiddish art song performer, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on January 9, 2012 at his home in Oakland, California. The interview focuses on Anthony's experiences in forming his Jewish identity, his conversion to Judaism, career transformation from opera to Yiddish art song and folk performance, and relationship with the secular Jewish and black communities. Anthony begins by discussing his family’s geographic origins in Fort Worth,...
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