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.
Estela Aizenman Stern Discovers important Yiddish Books in Mexico
Estela Aizenman Stern, Mexican school teacher and Yiddish enthusiast, discovering historical treasures while working in Mexico on saving books in the library—Leon Trotsky's Mayn Lebn (1930), Life of Lenin in Yiddish (printed in Poland), and Dos Kapital (1918) among others.
This interview was conducted in English.
Estela Aizenman Stern was born in Mexico City, Mexico.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Estela Aizenman Stern Discovers important Yiddish Books in Mexico2 minutes 40 seconds
Reflecting on What Yiddish Means to Her1 minute 3 seconds
Growing up in Mexico: Identity, Acceptance, and Patriotism55 seconds
How Yiddish Songs Penetrated My Mother-in-Law's Alzheimers49 seconds
Spanish and Yiddish Part of Family's Mexican Identity1 minute 53 seconds
Jewish Food: My Grandmothers' Ashkenazi and Hungarian Culinary Traditions1 minute 16 seconds
"We Learned Four Languages Since Kindergarten": Languages and Zionism at the Progressive Tarbut School in Mexico City1 minute 36 seconds
"It Was the Best Store in the World": My Father's Hat Store in the Historic Center of Mexico City1 minute 3 seconds
Why Did They Stop Teaching Yiddish? Practical Reasons1 minute 30 seconds
Every Friday My Yiddish-Speaking Grandmother Went to See a Mexican Movie43 seconds
The "Deportivo" Sports Center as The Central Jewish Culture Center in Mexico City1 minute 45 seconds
Cajones y Abonos (Market Stalls and Installment Plans): Making a (Jewish) Living in Downtown Mexico City1 minute 5 seconds
How My Grandfather's Observance Kept Him Out of Hollywood1 minute 44 seconds
More information about this oral history excerpt
Themes in this oral history excerpt:
- Yiddish language
- Yiddish revival and activism
- Latin America
- Politics and political movements
- Yiddish learning
- Scholarship, Academia
- Soviet Union
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