THE YIDDISH BOOK CENTER'S
Wexler Oral History Project

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.

The Languages We Spoke at Home (parents' languages)

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  • Harriet Bonfeld spoke mostly English with her parents, but because of her studies was able to engage in Yiddish conversation with her father.

This interview was conducted in English

Harriet Bonfeld was born in 1946 in Bronx, New York.

This interview is part of the Beyond the Books: Yiddish writers and their descendants series.

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About the Wexler Oral History Project

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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.

Tell Us Your Story

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Do you (or someone you know) have stories to share about the importance of Yiddish language and culture in your life?