A growing collection of in-depth interviews with people of all ages and backgrounds, whose stories about the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture offer a rich and complex chronicle of Jewish identity.
"He was an activist teacher who fought for Yiddish"
Ilene Gelbaum describes her teacher, Mordkhe Schaechter, as having had a large impact upon her life.
This interview was conducted in English
Ilene Gelbaum was born in 1946 in Brooklyn, New York.
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More information about this oral history excerpt
Themes in this oral history excerpt:
- Yiddish language
- Yiddish scene
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