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.

Theodore (Theo) Bikel's Oral History

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Theodore (Theo) Bikel - z"l, distinguished folk singer and actor - was interviewed by Christa Whitney on August 26, 2011 at KlezKanada in the Laurentian Mountains of Canada.

This interview was conducted in Yiddish and English.

Theodore (Theo) Bikel was born in 1924 in Vienna, Austria. Theodore (Theo), z"l, died in 2015.

This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.

More information about this oral history

Themes in this oral history:

  • Vienna, London, paris, NYC, Sholem Aleichem, Hebrew Actors Union, Zionism, Socialism, Folk music, klezmer, Theodore Bikel, Theo Bikel,
  • Advice
  • Family history
  • stories about ancestors
  • Childhood
  • Yiddish revival and activism
  • Immigration
  • Migration
  • Other languages
  • Theater
  • Music
  • Film
  • Literature
  • Poetry
  • Ethnography
  • Career and Professional Life
  • Holocaust
  • Jewish holidays
  • Israel
  • Zionism
  • Eastern Europe
  • Western Europe
  • United States
  • Politics and political movements
  • Yiddish Book Center
  • Travel
  • Urban
  • Roots
  • heritage
  • Transmission
  • Youth group

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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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