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.
I Saved Him from Drowning: Meeting My Husband at Yidish-Vokh
Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath, Yiddish poet and daughter of linguist Mordkhe Schaechter, recounts the story of how she and her husband met, at Yidish-Vokh.
This interview was conducted in Yiddish.
Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath was born in 1958 in Bronx, New York.
This interview is part of the Beyond the Books: Yiddish writers and their descendants series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
I Saved Him from Drowning: Meeting My Husband at Yidish-Vokh2 minutes 5 seconds
Speak English and Pay a Fine: Yiddish in the Schaechter Home2 minutes 48 seconds
A Philologist As a Father5 minutes 15 seconds
The Yiddish World of Bainbridge Avenue and the Schaechter Household2 minutes 54 seconds
My First Real Poem: Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath on How She Started Writing Yiddish Poetry2 minutes 52 seconds
We Smeared Everything on Matzo: Sweet Memories of Peysekh (Passover)1 minute 3 seconds
Covered With Books: The Home of Mordkhe and Charne Schaechter2 minutes 6 seconds
More information about this oral history excerpt
Themes in this oral history excerpt:
- Yiddish speaker
- Yiddish scene
- Love, Relationships
- Summer camp
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