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.

Transmission: an Academic's Duty to the Community

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  • Professor Jean Baumgarten of the French National Center for Scientific Research explains how scholars can create a historical frame for Jewish culture today. In his view, academics provide balance to Yiddish language transmission.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Jean Baumgarten.

This excerpt is in English.

Jean Baumgarten was born in Paris, France in 1950.

About the Wexler Oral History Project

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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.

Tell Us Your Story

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Do you (or someone you know) have stories to share about the importance of Yiddish language and culture in your life?