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"
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 Beyond the Books: Yiddish writers and their descendants series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
"Let Me Shake the Hand of History"2 minutes 35 seconds
Sholem Asch's Work and View of Women1 minute 56 seconds
A Family History of High European Culture2 minutes 27 seconds
"He Was a Hugely Dramatic Personality"2 minutes 53 seconds
Controversies Around Sholem Asch's Work1 minute 16 seconds
Visiting Sholem Asch's Birthplace in Kutno, Poland2 minutes 13 seconds
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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.
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