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.
Fay Webern's Oral History
Fay Webern - New York City native who has written about her life in New York from the Depression years to the end of World War II - was interviewed by Diana Clarke on June 14, 2015 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts.
This interview was conducted in English.
Fay Webern was born in 1927 in New York, New York.
Video highlights from this oral history
Song About Tsar Nikolai2 minutes 7 seconds
Description of Lavanburg Homes, A Utopian Housing Co-operative in New York3 minutes 40 seconds
Stories About My Bobe: Sneaking Out of Shul to Skinny Dip, Making a Living Through Depression2 minutes 39 seconds
Popcorn and Fundraising at Intermission: Memories of New York Yiddish and English Theaters and Movie Houses2 minutes 16 seconds
Mother Getting the Family a Cottage for the Summer5 minutes 23 seconds
Tragic Story of Her Namesakes in Ukraine3 minutes 47 seconds
My Parents' Arranged Marriage3 minutes 56 seconds
My Mother's Protest to Get into the Lavanburg Homes5 minutes 59 seconds
Fear of the Black Hand Italian Mafia Between Kids at the Jewish Center2 minutes
"Kukh-aleyns”: The Jewish Summer Retreat for Those Who Couldn’t Afford The Catskills1 minute 23 seconds
More information about this oral history
Themes in this oral history:
- New York City, Lower East Side, Ukraine, Mr. Dombrovsky, Fred Lavanburg, 1930s, 1940s, Democratic Party, Communism, Kokhaleyns,
- Family history
- stories about ancestors
- Yiddish language
- Yiddish scene
- Career and Professional Life
- Jewish holidays
- Yom Kippor
- Yom Kippur
- Eastern Europe
- United States
- Politics and political movements
- Summer camp
- Jewish resorts
- Yiddish personalities
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