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 Legacy and Future of Kinderland
Michael Katz, activist and grandson of Yiddish journalist Moishe Katz, talks about his involvement with the progressive Jewish summer camp, Camp Kinderland.
This interview was conducted in English.
Michael Katz was born in 1955 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
The Legacy and Future of Kinderland2 minutes 42 seconds
"A Besere Velt" (A Better World) Through Music and Culture3 minutes 10 seconds
A Small Yiddish World2 minutes 14 seconds
I'd Probably End Up Going to Prison2 minutes
"Dad, They Understand Yiddish!"1 minute 49 seconds
"Can I be a Jew Without Being Progressive?"2 minutes 28 seconds
Divisions Within the Jewish Left3 minutes 8 seconds
What a Mensh!2 minutes 2 seconds
"If You're Not Gonna Go to Shul, Go to School."1 minute 1 second
I Was at the "I Have a Dream Speech"2 minutes 44 seconds
"They Got Us in Germany, They're Not Gonna Get Us Here": An Anti-Semitic Incident at Camp Kinderland in the Post-WWII Period3 minutes 34 seconds
"The Greatest Fiddler of Them All": Meeting Itzhak Perlman1 minute 37 seconds
Four Generations of Yiddish Activism2 minutes 23 seconds
More information about this oral history excerpt
Themes in this oral history excerpt:
- Jewish Identity
- Youth group
- Summer camp
- Transmission (intergenerational, cultural, social... parenting)
- Jewish community (descriptions of place and social dynamics in a particular time)
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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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