Wexler Oral History Project

The Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project is a growing collection of over 450 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 400 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.

Weekly Featured Clip

A highlight from a full-length interview from the growing Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project archive.

Chased By A Headless Chicken: Lyber Katz Remembers Visiting Family in the Shtetl as a Boy

We mourn the loss this week of Lyber Katz, progressive activist and son of Yiddish writer Moishe Katz. Here he recalls a visit to the family's shtetl in Tolochin, Belarus and a 'memorable' encounter with a chicken.
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