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.

"A De-Judaized Yiddish"

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  • 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.

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Themes in this oral history excerpt:

  • Yiddish learning
  • Jewish education

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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.

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