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.

I Saved Him from Drowning: Meeting My Husband at Yidish-Vokh

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  • 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.

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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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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