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 Song of the Week Blog

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  • 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.

More information about this oral history excerpt

Themes in this oral history excerpt:

  • Career and Professional Life
  • Yiddish language
  • Music
  • song, singing
  • Ethnography

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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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