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.
"A De-Judaized Yiddish"
Eugene Orenstein discusses how his perspective changed on his New York Jewish education as he became a Jewish scholar himself. He especially resented the type of Yiddish he was taught as a child.
This interview was conducted in English.
Eugene Orenstein was born in 1945 in Bronx, New York.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
"A De-Judaized Yiddish"2 minutes 31 seconds
How my Father Lost his Faith2 minutes 20 seconds
Camp Kinderland3 minutes 29 seconds
His Mother's Story4 minutes 7 seconds
A Coop in the Bronx1 minute 35 seconds
Jewish Students' Changing Relationship to Yiddish2 minutes 13 seconds
From the Polish Army to Cuba3 minutes
A Unique Jewish Community2 minutes 15 seconds
"Shul Number Eins": Memories From The First Yiddish School in New York2 minutes 17 seconds
the importance of learning languages3 minutes 24 seconds
More information about this oral history excerpt
Themes in this oral history excerpt:
- Yiddish learning
- Jewish education
- Synagogue, shul, temple
- Religion and ritual
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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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