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.

"At Least They Made Fun of It!": Generational Differences in Attitudes Toward Yiddish in Israel

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  • 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.

More information about this oral history excerpt

Themes in this oral history excerpt:

  • Film
  • Yiddish scene
  • Yiddish language
  • Hebrew
  • Yiddish learning
  • Transmission
  • Israel

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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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