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": Being the Descendant of Sholem Asch

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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.

David Mazower was born in London, England, United KIngdom in 1959.