The Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project
The Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project is a growing collection of in-depth video interviews with people of all ages, exploring Yiddish cultural topics and issues of modern Jewish identity. The Project is particularly interested in how Yiddish language and culture inform Jewish identity, and how they, along with Jewish values and practices, are transmitted across generations.
In the past four years, we’ve recorded over 450 interviews, stories told by people of all ages and backgrounds—bobes (grandmothers) and young activists, Yiddish language students and professors, musicians, and grandchildren of Yiddish writers, native speakers and non-Yiddish speakers.
These interviews illustrate the ways in which Yiddish language and culture inform Jewish identity. Together, these stories and reflections provide a glimpse into the ways in which cultural heritage is transmitted, adapted, and reinterpreted by each generation.
Oral history interviews with scholars doing work with Yiddish materials, Yiddish language instructors, and Yiddish students.
A glimpse behind the books in our collection through oral history interviews with Yiddish writers and their relatives and descendants.
Oral history iterviews with klezmorim (musicians), actors, and visual artists who use Yiddish language and culture in their work.
All of our oral history interviews conducted af yidish (in Yiddish).