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.
Adjusting to Life in America
Lili Bermant z"l remembers moving to the United States as a teenager and answering the question that many asked, "How do you like America?" She describes her younger self as quite rebellious, preferring to marry an American man against her parents wishes of her marrying a European.
This interview was conducted in English.
Lili Bermant was born in 1927 in Antwerp, Belgium.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Adjusting to Life in America2 minutes 12 seconds
Dating Non-Jews and Marrying an American3 minutes 39 seconds
My Feminism Over the Years6 minutes 7 seconds
A Mother's Advice1 minute 42 seconds
My Sister's Burial (Burying Her Sister in Israel)4 minutes 24 seconds
Religious Jews and Extremist Politics in Israel1 minute 22 seconds
Life Advice2 minutes 11 seconds
Niece's Story of Making Aliyah and Divorcing Religious Extremist8 minutes 23 seconds
Living, Working and Traveling in and Around Europe2 minutes 33 seconds
More information about this oral history excerpt
Themes in this oral history excerpt:
- Immigration, Migration
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Since 2010, the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project has recorded more than 500 in-depth video interviews that provide a deeper understanding of the Jewish experience and the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture.
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