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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Zvi Jankelowitz, Director of Institutional Advancement at the Yiddish Book Center, was interviewed by Jessica Parker on April 11, 2013 in 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: Zvi Jankelowitz Oral History Interview, interviewed by Jessica Parker, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin Recording Studio, Yiddish Book Center, April 1, 2013. Video...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, nybc, ybc, 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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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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Clare Burson, former Yiddish Book Center intern and musician, was interviewed by Pauline Katz on July 10, 2011 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. The interview focuses on Clare's Jewish upbringing in Tennessee, education, international travel, family history and traditions, and her album “Silver and Ash.” Clare begins by discussing her family’s geographic origins. Her paternal grandparents were born in Memphis, Tennessee. Her paternal grandfather’s parents were from...
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Craig Judelman, musician, composer, and educator, was interviewed (remotely) by Nina Pick on March 31st, 2022 in Berlin, Germany. 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 cite this interview: Craig...
Topics: Career and Professional Life, Childhood, Eastern Europe, Education, Family traditions, Food,...
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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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Ruth Stark, founding board member of the Yiddish Book Center, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on September 25, 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 Ruth Stark Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, New York, New York, September 25, 2017. Video recording,...
Topics: Yiddish language, Jewish Identity, Yiddish learning, Yiddish speaker, Scholarship, Academia, Books,...
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Anna Sheldon, retired elementary school teacher and native Yiddish speaker born in Warsaw, Poland, was interviewed by Jessica Parker on March 12, 2013 in Boca Raton, Florida. Anna begins the interview discussing her family background. She explains that her mother came from a large prominent, and religious family in Warsaw, Poland. Their surname was Klipfiscz and many members of the family were rabbis; most of the family perished in the Holocaust. On the other hand, she doesn’t know much about...
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Israel Milkow, Retired IT professional, was interviewed by Lynn Yanis on June 18, 2013 in Amherst, MA. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Israel Milkow Oral History Interview, interviewed by Lynn Yanis, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Yiddish Book Center, Karmazin Recording Studio, June 18, 2013. Video recording, https://archive.org/details/IsraelMilkow18june2013YiddishBookCenter...
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Riva Ginsburg, the daughter of Holocaust survivors and Yiddish teacher and translator, was interviewed by Jessica Parker on March 11, 2013 in Boca Raton, Florida. Riva was born in a Displaced Persons camp in Germany to Soviet partisans who came from neighboring towns in Belarus. She spends the beginning of the interview primarily telling their stories, including her mother's narrow escape from a ghetto liquidation and the story of how her father and his brother were responsible for blowing up...
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Miriam Gross, retired research librarian and daughter of Yiddish writer B. Demblin, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on December 28, 2015 in her home in New York, New York. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Miriam Gross Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney , Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, New York, New York , December 28, 2015....
Topics: Advice, Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language,...
Amelia Glaser, Professor of Slavic and Jewish Studies at UC San Diego, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on December 19th, 2019 in La Jolla, 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: Amelia Glaser Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, La Jolla, California, December 19, 2019. Video...
Topics: Academia, Advice, Books, Career and Professional Life, Childhood, Eastern Europe, Heritage, Jewish...
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Mikhel Felsenbaum, Yiddish writer, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on June 15, 2014 in Tel Aviv, 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: Mikhel Felsenbaum Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Tel Aviv, Israel, June 15, 2014. (https://archive.org/details/MikhelFelsenbaum15Jun2014YiddishBookCenter)...
Topics: Yiddish scene, Yiddish speaker, Immigration, Migration, Theater, Literature, Books, Newspapers,...
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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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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...
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Diana Bregman Feld is the daughter of published Yiddish poet, Edith Kaplan Bregman. In this interview, Diana talked quite a bit about her mother, who was born in Telekhany, a shtetl in Belarus. Edith moved to the United States, to New York, with her family when she was thirteen. She read voraciously (Dreiser, Dostoyevsky, Shakespeare, all the Yiddish writers) and began writing poems as a teenager. She went to Palestine in the 1920s to take part in building the Jewish state, and there she met...
Topics: Family history and stories re. ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language (feelings...
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Ethel Taft, a former social worker and the daughter of Yiddish essayist, poet, and teacher Israel Gubkin, was interviewed by Mark Gerstein on October 2, 2013 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Ethel recalls the early life of her father who was born in Brest-Litovsk, Russia, in 1899. Israel Gubkin was a constant reader, self-taught in many areas, and had a strong grounding in Bible and history. During World War I, he served in a German forced-labor brigade, an experience that...
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Miriam Udel was interviewed by Jessica Parker on December 16, 2013, at the Association for Jewish Studies Conference in Boston, Massachusetts. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Miriam Udel Oral History Interview, interviewed by Jessica Parker, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Boston, Massachusetts, December 16, 2013. Video recording,...
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Hadasa Cytrynowicz was interviewed by Christa Whitney on November 19, 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: Hadasa Cytrynowicz Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Los Angeles, CA, November 19, 2014. https://archive.org/details/HadasaCytrynowicz19Nov2014YiddishBookCenter...
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Paul Azaroff, Hebrew and Judaic Studies teacher and native of New York City, was interviewed by Isaac Daniel Moore on February 11, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida. Paul was born in New York City in 1934 and grew up in Brooklyn and later Israel. He begins the interview discussing his family background. Paulâs motherâs family was from Bialystok and immigrated to America in 1929 to join family who had moved before World War One. Paul describes them as Litvaks (Lithuanian Jews) and talks about their...
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish...
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Steve Marcus, New York City based artist, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on August 31st, 2021 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: Steve Marcus Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Amherst, Massachusetts, August 31, 2021. Video...
Topics: Antisemitism, Assimilation, Career and Professional Life, Childhood, Education, Hebrew, Israel,...
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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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Molly Fogarty, Springfield librarian who was born in Munich, was interviewed by Tanya Panova on February 12, 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: Molly Fogarty  Oral History Interview, interviewed by Tanya Panova, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project,  the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts...
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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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Micha Brym, engineer and Yiddish enthusiast who was born in Russia and grew up France, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on March 24, 2016 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: Micha Brym Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, the Yiddish Book Center in...
Topics: Childhood, Family history, stories about ancestors, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish...
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William Robin - temple administrator and WWII veteran - was interviewed by Christa Whitney on October 18, 2011 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: William Robin Oral History Interview, interviewed by Mark Gerstein, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin Recording Studio, Yiddish Book Center, October 18, 2011. Video recording,...
Topics: Advice, Family history and stories re. ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language...
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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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Edward Katz - brother of Yiddish writer Menke Katz - and his wife, Phyllis, were interviewed by Christa Whitney on May 26, 2013 in Riverdale, NY. This interview is in both Yiddish and English. 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: Edward & Phyllis Katz Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Riverdale, NY, May...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, nybc, ybc, Yiddish,...
Samuel Norich, president of the Forward, was interviewed (remotely) by Christa Whitney on May 3rd, 2022 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: Samuel Norich Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Brooklyn, New York, May 3, 2022. Video...
Topics: Career and Professional Life, Childhood, Newspapers, Politics and political movements, United...
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David Shtern, son of Yiddish writer Sholem Shtern, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on July 20, 2016 in Mississauga, 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: David Shtern Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, July 20, 2016. Video recording,...
Topics: Yiddish scene, Yiddish speaker, children/grandchildren of Yiddish personalities, Beyond the Books,...
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Arthur Abrams, composer, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on September 25, 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: Arthur Abrams Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, New York City, New York, September 25, 2017. Video recording...
Topics: song, singing, Film, America, United States, Yiddish personalities, New York City, Molly Picon,...
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Alvin Becker, retired veterinarian, was interviewed by Rola Younes on December 3, 2013 in Amherst, MA. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story. To cite this interview: Alvin Becker Oral History Interview, interviewed by Rola Younes, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin Recording Studio, Yiddish Book Center, December 3, 2013. Video recording,...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, nybc, ybc, Yiddish,...
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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...
Shifra Epstein, author, scholar, and former curator of ethnography at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, was interviewed (remotely) by Nina Pick on July 26th, 2022 in Ann Arbor, 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: Shifra Epstein Oral History Interview, interviewed by Nina Pick, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Ann Arbor, Michigan, July 26, 2022. Video...
Topics: Academia Career and Professional Life Childhood Feminism Film Hebrew language Holocaust Immigration...
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Dolph Klainberg, retired social worker, was interviewed on December 3, 2012 by Lynn Yanis at the Yiddish Book Center. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story. To cite this interview: Dolph Klainberg Oral History Interview, interviewed by Lynn Yanis, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin Recording Studio, Yiddish Book Center, December 3, 2012. Video recording,...
Topics: Advice, Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language,...
James Monroe  Števko was interviewed by Nina Pick on March 20th, 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: James Monroe Števko Oral History Interview, interviewed by Nina Pick Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, New York, New York, March 20, 2019. Video recording,[https://archive.org/details/JamesMonroeStevko20Mar20192019YiddishBookCenter]...
Topics: Advice, Favorite Yiddish word, Yiddish words, Family histories, Childhood, Yiddish language,...
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Michael Wex was interviewed by Pauline Katz at KlezKamp in the Catskills on December 29, 2010. Michael Wex’s interview takes us through a beautifully detailed and often funny telling of his life growing up in Canada, his time spent studying medieval literature, and how his interests eventually led him to write “Born to Kvetch.” The interview begins with Michael’s detailed family history that he dates back to his grandfather’s grandfather, a famous Hasidic rebbe in Poland. He then...
Topics: Michael Wex, KlezKamp, Born to Kvetch, Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler...
Alexander Ashendorf,  son of Yiddish writer Israel Azendorf, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on January 29th, 2019, in Staten Island, 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: Alexander Ashendorf Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Staten Island, New York, January 29, 2019. Video...
Topics: Family histories, Childhood, Yiddish language, Yiddish learning, Immigration and migration, Hebrew,...
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Daniel Forman, grandson of Yiddish writer Solomon Simon, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on December 7, 2017 in Newton, 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: Daniel Forman Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Newton, Massachusetts, December 7, 2017. Video recording,...
Topics: Love, Relationships, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Career and Professional Life,...
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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,...
Jake Krakovsky, puppeteer, playwright, actor, director, teaching artist, and Yiddishist, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on June 21st, 2022 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: Jake Krakovsky Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Amherst, Massachusetts, June 21, 2022. Video...
Topics: Career and Professional Life, Childhood, Cultural Transmission, Film, Family histories, Holocaust,...
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Hershl Hartman, native Yiddish speaker and educational director at the Sholem Community in California, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on January 15, 2013 at Workmen's Circle Los Angeles. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Centerâs Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Hershl Hartman Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Workmen's Circle Los Angeles,...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, nybc, ybc, Yiddish,...
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Max Levine, son of Yiddish speaking Holocaust survivors from Poland, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on September 3, 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: Max Levine Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney , Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin Recording Studio, Yiddish Book Center,...
Topics: Advice, Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language,...
Deborah Epstein, Yiddish student, researcher of Jewish philosophy and female Yiddish writers, was interviewed by Nina Pick on July 25th, 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: Deborah Epstein Oral History Interview, interviewed by Nina Pick, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Weimar, Germany July 25, 2019. Video...
Topics: Academia, Books, Childhood, Eastern Europe, Family histories, Favorite Yiddish word, Feminism,...
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Esti Dunow - daughter of Yiddish writer Moshe Dluznowsky and art historian who is an expert on Chaim Soutine - was interviewed by Christa Whitney on April 17, 2015 in New York, New York. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Esti Dunow Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, New York, NY, April 17, 2015....
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish...
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Penina Glazer, long-time board member at the Yiddish Book Center and professor emerita of History at Hampshire College, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on June 16, 2010 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Penina begins by speaking about her family's life in Eastern Europe and their journey to the United States. Her mother, from Belarus, was the daughter of a shoykhet (kosher butcher). Penina tells the story of how her grandfather became a shoykhet by convincing the rabbonim...
Topics: Brooklyn, Zionism, 1930s, Depression, Aliyah, Farms, Kibbutz, Co-op, New Jersey, New Deal,...
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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...
Oscar Firschein, author and computer scientist, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on April 7th, 2022 in Palo Alto, 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: Oscar Firschein Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Palo Alto, California, April 7, 2022. Video...
Topics: Career and Professional Life, Childhood, Eastern Europe, Education, Food, Israel, Politics and...
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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...
Topics: Advice, Favorite Yiddish word, Childhood, Family history and stories re. ancestors, Jewish...
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Sam Waizman, Holocaust survivor born in Warsaw, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on March 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Sam Waizman Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Los Angeles, California, March 13, 2014....
Topics: Advice, Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language,...
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Gloria Weiner Weiss, former Yiddish child actress on the radio and stage, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on November 21, 2017 in Manchester, Connecticut. 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: Gloria Weiner Weiss Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Manchester, Connecticut, November 21, 2017. Video...
Topics: Childhood, Yiddish language, Yiddish scene, Yiddish speaker, Theater, Radio, Channukah, Khanukah,...
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Becky Rubinstein Wolochviansky - Mexican Jewish writer and niece of founder of Mexican-Yiddish newspaper Di Shtime - was interviewed by Christa Whitney on October 27, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Becky Rubinstein Wolochviansky Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Mexico...
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish...
Simone Wolff, grandchild of Yiddish writer Mindy Rinkewich, was interviewed by Sadie Gold-Shapiro on August 4th, 2022 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: Simone Wolff Oral History Interview, interviewed by Sadie Gold-Shapiro, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Amherst, Massachusetts, August 4, 2022. Video...
Topics: Russia, Soviet Union, Summer camp, Theater, United States, Travel, World War II, Yiddish authors,...
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Professor Chava Turniansky, Professor Emeritus of Yiddish literature at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, 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 Chava Turniansky Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Jerusalem, Israel, June 17, 2014....
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish...
Murray Sokoloff, Toronto-born native Yiddish speaker, was interviewed (remotely) by Agnieszka Ilwicka on March 21st, 2019 in Emeryville, 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: Murray Sokoloff Oral History Interview, interviewed by Agnieszka Ilwicka, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Emeryville, California, March 21, 2019. Video...
Topics: Advice, Canada, Career and Professional Life, Childhood, Family traditions, Family histories,...
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Sam Schechter, physicist who was born in Rozwadów, Poland, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on May 4th, 2022 in Los Altos 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: Sam Schechter Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Los Altos Hills, California, May 4, 2022. Video...
Topics: Childhood, Eastern Europe, Immigration and migration, Jewish education, Jewish identity, Jewish...
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Marilyn Cassotta was interviewed by Mark Gerstein at the Yiddish Book Center on December 7, 2012. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Marilyn Cassotta Oral History Interview, interviewed by Mark Gerstein, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin Recording Studio, Yiddish Book Center, December 7, 2012. Video recording,...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, nybc, ybc, Yiddish,...
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Hy Eisman, American cartoonist who writes and draws the "Popeye" comic strip, was interviewed (remotely) by Nina Pick on April 5th, 2021 in Glen Rock, New Jersey. 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: Hy Eisman Oral History Interview, interviewed by Nina Pick, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Glen Rock, New Jersey, April 5, 2021. Video...
Topics: Career and Professional Life, Childhood, Eastern Europe, Education, Immigration and migration,...
Rachel Brownstein, author and retired professor, was interviewed (remotely) by Marianne Tatom on May 16th, 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: Rachel Brownstein Oral History Interview, interviewed by Marianne Tatom, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, New York, New York, May 16, 2022. Video...
Topics: Academia, Assimilation, Career and Professional Life, Childhood, Coming back to Yiddish, Eastern...
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Harriet (Hasia) Segal, native Yiddish speaker who co-hosted a Yiddish radio show, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on February 12, 2015 in West Palm Beach, Florida. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Harriet (Hasia) Segal Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, West Palm Beach, Florida, February 12, 2015....
Topics: Advice, Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Yiddish language, Yiddish revival and...
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
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John Wermer, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, was interviewed by Isaac D. Moore on July 31, 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: John Wermer Oral History Interview, interviewed by Isaac D. Moore, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin Recording Studio,...
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Vienna, Austria Sweden Switzerland Engelbert Dollfuss...
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Judith Dick Kellman, Yiddish speaker from Brooklyn, New York, was interviewed by Agnieszka Ilwicka on March 27, 2017 in Berkeley, 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: Judith Dick Kellman  Oral History Interview, interviewed by Agnieszka Ilwicka, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project,  Berkeley, California ,  March 27, 2017 . Video...
Topics: Advice, Favorite Yiddish word, Yiddish words, Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood,...
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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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Susan Bloch Leach, granddaughter of Yiddish writer Solomon Simon was interviewed by Christa Whitney on May 25, 2017, in Huntington, 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: Susan Bloch Leach Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Huntington, New York,  May 25, 2017 . Video recording,...
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Jewish Identity, Childhood, Post-vernacular uses of...
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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,...
Zalmen Mlotek, Artistic Director of the National Yiddish Theater-Folksbiene, was interviewed (remotely) by Christa Whitney on May 26th, 2022 in Teaneck, New Jersey. 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:...
Topics: Career and Professional Life, Family histories, Israel, Music, Relationships, Singing, Theater,...
Sania (Smuel) Kerbelis, Jewish community leader in Šiauliai (Shavl), Lithuania, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on July 25th, 2019 in Šiauliai, 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: Sania Smuel Kerbelis Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Siauliai, Lithuania, July 25, 2019. Video...
Topics: Antisemitism, Eastern Europe, Jewish community, Jewish identity, Politics and political movements,...
Theodor Heimann Olsen, klezmer trumpet player and queer activist, was interviewed by Nina Pick on July 18th, 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: Theodor Heimann Olsen Oral History Interview, interviewed by Nina Pick, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Weimar, Germany, July 18, 2019. Video...
Topics: Advice, Antisemitism, Assimilation, Books, Childhood, Holocaust, Immigration and migration, Israel,...