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, 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 are transmitted across generations, along with Jewish values and practices.
In the past four years, we’ve recorded more than 450 interviews, stories told by people of all ages and backgrounds; bobes (grandmothers) young activists, Yiddish language students and professors, musicians, grandchildren of Yiddish writers, native Yiddish speakers, and non-Yiddish speakers.
Together, these stories and reflections illustrate how Yiddish language and culture inform Jewish identity, and provide a glimpse into the ways cultural heritage is transmitted, adapted, and reinterpreted by each generation.
Oral history interviews with scholars who work with Yiddish materials, Yiddish language instructors, and Yiddish students
Oral history interviews with Yiddish writers and their relatives and descendants
Oral history interviews with klezmorim (musicians), actors, and visual artists who use Yiddish language and culture in their work
Oral history interviews that were conducted af yidish (in Yiddish)