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.

Mark Gerstein's Oral History

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Mark Gerstein - former high school history teacher and Wexler Oral History Project volunteer - was interviewed by Christa Whitney on July 5, 2012 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Mark passed away on November 20, 2013 - may his memory be a blessing.

This interview was conducted in English.

Mark Gerstein was born in 1949 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mark, z"l, died in 2013.

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Themes in this oral history:

  • Mark Gerstein, Philadelphia, Amherst MA, Zamosc, Poland, Aaron Lansky, Students for a Democratic Society, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 2000s, Anti-Vietnam War Protests, Civil Rights,
  • Advice
  • Favorite Yiddish word
  • Yiddish words
  • Family history
  • stories about ancestors
  • Childhood
  • Jewish Identity
  • Yiddish language
  • Yiddish learning
  • Coming back to Yiddish
  • Film
  • Literature
  • Ethnography
  • Career and Professional Life
  • Scholarship
  • Academia
  • Holocaust
  • Education
  • Eastern Europe
  • United States
  • Politics and political movements
  • Yiddish Book Center
  • Youth group
  • Transmission
  • Roots
  • heritage
  • Anti-Semitism
  • Jewish community
  • Urban
  • Assimilation
  • Travel

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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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