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.
Father in the Warsaw Ghetto
Michael Steinlauf recounts his father's experience of the Warsaw Ghetto and the years following.
This interview was conducted in English
Michael Steinlauf was born in 1947 in Paris, France.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Father in the Warsaw Ghetto1 minute 35 seconds
"What is my culture"2 minutes 55 seconds
Cultural transmission over time2 minutes 11 seconds
A Polish Jewish Household1 minute 49 seconds
Boredom on Yom Kippur1 minute 7 seconds
Voina and Holocaust1 minute 44 seconds
The future of Yiddish2 minutes 11 seconds
Student Activism in the 1960s3 minutes 44 seconds
Confinement of community2 minutes 45 seconds
"I'm Not A Yiddishist"1 minute 30 seconds
Peretz as an ideologue1 minute 40 seconds
"I don't want to just be an academic."1 minute 11 seconds
Parents showing up at hunger strike1 minute 13 seconds
"I love Yiddish"51 seconds
"From Warsaw to Brighton Beach"1 minute 25 seconds
"I'd rather teach the non-Jews"1 minute 28 seconds
"Yiddish eventually becomes yours"53 seconds
More information about this oral history excerpt
Themes in this oral history excerpt:
- Family history and stories re. ancestors
- World War Two
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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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