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
"Yiddish Literature was funded on the proceeds of the sales of Cowboy hats"1 minute 2 seconds
Scholars, Rebbes and Frank Sinatra1 minute 18 seconds
"I went to school in the eleventh century it's just nobody bothered to tell me"1 minute 23 seconds
Deciding on Graduate School2 minutes 7 seconds
First Time at KlezKamp2 minutes 21 seconds
A Short History of Lethbridge Jewish Community2 minutes 9 seconds
A Polish-Canadian1 minute 24 seconds
Reflections on the Widespread Knowledge of Yiddish Words Despite Jewish Assimilation1 minute 20 seconds
The Problem of Assimilated Jews1 minute 15 seconds
A Religious Childhood1 minute 36 seconds
The Roots of "Born to Kvetch"2 minutes 51 seconds
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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