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.

"Let Me Shake the Hand of History"

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  • David Mazower, BBC journalist, fondly remembers learning about his great grandfather, Sholem Asch, through his grandmother, who was the family-keeper of memorabilia and stories from the writer's life. He reflects on the wildly different reactions he received in the Yiddish-speaking community of his great-grandfather's contemporaries versus his own generation, which had little to know knowledge of Asch.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with David Mazower.

This excerpt is in English.

This interview is part of the series.

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?