The Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project
Together, their memories of bygone neighborhoods, foods, and family rituals, their stories of traditions and survival, and their personal reflections on Yiddish language and Jewish culture offer a colorful and complex chronicle of Jewish life.
Since its founding in 2010, the Wexler Oral History Project has recorded more than 450 interviews, both at the Yiddish Book Center and on field work trips across the U.S. and around the world.
- Tell Your Story! How to schedule an interview.
- How to get involved.
- Browse full-length interviews by narrator's last name on our Archive Index.
- Search all full length interviews and excerpts.
Explore the Collection
In recent years, the Wexler Oral History Project has undertaken several thematic interview series. They include:
Scholars, language instructors, and students on the place of Yiddish in academia
A unique look into the personal lives and creative processes of Yiddish authors, as told by both writers and family members of writers
Klezmorim (musicians), actors, and visual artists on the way they use Yiddish language and culture in their work
Oral history interviews that were conducted af yidish (in Yiddish)