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.
Yiddish Will Never Die
Harriet Bonfeld delights in seeing her father's work at the Yiddish Book Center and concludes that the language has longevity, lasting for over 1,000 years.
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.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Yiddish Will Never Die55 seconds
"He was very loving and devoted to us." (Remembering father)1 minute 53 seconds
Cooking for Seven1 minute 9 seconds
"Saturday night was like a salon at our house."1 minute 35 seconds
Dreydl with Dad1 minute 17 seconds
"They Were Happy Memories": living with their father, a Yiddish writer1 minute 34 seconds
"He was very dapper"1 minute 12 seconds
Coming to Terms with Realities of Communism (Father Happy in the U.S. and Dissillunsioned with Communism)1 minute 57 seconds
"He Used To Call Me Meydele": Fond Memories of my Father, the Yiddish Writer Leon Feinberg1 minute 39 seconds
A Yiddish Education ("I felt very proud.")1 minute 41 seconds
"Yiddish is still a part of my life."53 seconds
My Advice to Future Generations (advice Love and Honor your parents)41 seconds
"Religion is a very personal thing." (transmission)2 minutes 1 second
"Everyone always looked up to him..."1 minute 1 second
The Languages We Spoke at Home (parents' languages)1 minute 4 seconds
"but we knew him on all sides"48 seconds
Undzer Kamp2 minutes 45 seconds
My Father's Story of Storming the Winter Palace1 minute 30 seconds
"I always felt different."1 minute 14 seconds
Our Yiddish Seder (Yiddish Passover seders)1 minute 49 seconds
More information about this oral history excerpt
Themes in this oral history excerpt:
- Jewish Identity
- Yiddish language
- Yiddish revival and activism
- Yiddish Book Center
- Yiddish teaching
- Yiddish learning
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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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