The Yiddish Book Center's
Wexler Oral History Project
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.
"Yiddish Literature was funded on the proceeds of the sales of Cowboy hats"
Michael Wex talks about how relatives of Yiddish Poet, Esther Shumiatcher, funded Yiddish Literature by the sale of cowboy hats. The true cowboy hats, Smith Built not Stetsons.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Michael Wex.
This excerpt is in English.
Michael Wex was born in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada in 1954.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Reflections on the Widespread Knowledge of Yiddish Words Despite Jewish Assimilation
1 min 20 sec
Slide 1 of 10
"I went to school in the eleventh century it's just nobody bothered to tell me"
1 min 23 sec
Slide 6 of 10