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.
Molly Picon and Death of a Salesman in Yiddish
Miriam Bienstock, z"l, co-founder of Atlantic Records, remembers seeing one of Molly Picon's last shows, "The Kosher Widow," and says that her most memorable Yiddish theatre experience was seeing "Death of a Salesman."
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Miriam Bienstock.
This excerpt is in English.
Miriam Bienstock was born in 1923 in Brooklyn, New York. Miriam, z"l, died in 2015.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Molly Picon and Death of a Salesman in Yiddish1 minute 22 seconds
Family Housing Rentals2 minutes 28 seconds
My Uncle, Yiddish Writer Mani Leib2 minutes 44 seconds
"Isadora Duncan was a part of our family lore."3 minutes 1 second
Sewing Dress for School Graduation1 minute 29 seconds
Elvis: "He was a perfect southern gentleman."45 seconds
Experiences with Gender Discrimination in the Workplace1 minute 58 seconds
"A Yidishe shiksah?" (A Jewish non-Jew?)1 minute 25 seconds
Visiting Israel in Early Years1 minute 25 seconds
More information about this oral history excerpt
Themes in this oral history excerpt:
- Death of a Salesman
- Di koshere almone
- The Kosher Widow
- Yiddish theatre
- Molly Picon
- Miriam Bienstock
- Yiddish language
- Yiddish scene
About the Wexler Oral History Project
Since 2010, the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project has recorded more than 500 in-depth video interviews that provide a deeper understanding of the Jewish experience and the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture.
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