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.

Yiddish, and Other Secret Languages

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  • Eli Kwartler, the Jewish Community of Amherst co-president, remembers the multiple languages his relatives would use when he was growing up.

This interview was conducted in English.

Eli Kwartler was born in 1929 in Brooklyn, New York.

More information about this oral history excerpt

Themes in this oral history excerpt:

  • Yiddish language
  • Childhood
  • Other languages

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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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