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 Song of the Week Blog
Itzik Gottesman - folklorist and associate editor at the Forverts - describes his blog, Yiddish Song of the Week, in which he posts field recordings of Yiddish songs.
This interview was conducted in Yiddish.
Itzik Gottesman was born in 1957 in Bronx, New York.
This interview is part of the Beyond the Books: Yiddish writers and their descendants and Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Yiddish Song of the Week Blog3 minutes 38 seconds
Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman's Art and Writing2 minutes 7 seconds
Cemeteries and Gottesman's Pear Tree: On Visiting Eastern Europe6 minutes 12 seconds
Making a Living in Yiddish: Parenting Advice from My Parents1 minute 43 seconds
Raising a Daughter in Yiddish1 minute 49 seconds
Growing Up on Bainbridge Avenue1 minute 24 seconds
The Philosophy of Camp Boiberik, A Yiddish-Inspired Apolitical Summer Camp3 minutes 35 seconds
"An Alternative": Yiddish's Place in a Broader Jewish Culture1 minute 50 seconds
On Honesty and Survival After the Holocaust2 minutes 15 seconds
More information about this oral history excerpt
Themes in this oral history excerpt:
- Career and Professional Life
- Yiddish language
- song, singing
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