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.

An Affinity for the Underdog

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  • Tony Michels, professor of American Jewish history, describes how he has focused his studies on underdogs such as Yiddish and Socialism.

This interview was conducted in English

This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series

More information about this oral history excerpt

Themes in this oral history excerpt:

  • Yiddish language
  • Politics and political movements
  • United States
  • Scholarship, Academia
  • Career and Professional Life

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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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Do you (or someone you know) have stories to share about the importance of Yiddish language and culture in your life?