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.
"At Least They Made Fun of It!": Generational Differences in Attitudes Toward Yiddish in Israel
Itay Zutra, the I. L. Peretz Folk School Yiddish Teaching Fellow at the University of Manitoba, speaks about how older Israelis view Yiddish as something effeminate, sentimental and weak (and cites the 1971 Israeli film Shablul as an example), whereas the Israelis of his generation paid no attention to it whatsoever.
This interview was conducted in English and Yiddish.
Itay Zutra was born in 1974 in Israel.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
"At Least They Made Fun of It!": Generational Differences in Attitudes Toward Yiddish in Israel2 minutes 39 seconds
Finding Connections between Hebrew and Yiddish1 minute 38 seconds
"They're Cool and They're Studying Yiddish!": Approaching Normalization of Yiddish Studies in America1 minute 31 seconds
Why Study Yiddish? It's All in the Story1 minute 55 seconds
More information about this oral history excerpt
Themes in this oral history excerpt:
- Yiddish scene
- Yiddish language
- Yiddish learning
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