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.

"He Was a Hugely Dramatic Personality"

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  • David Mazower - BBC journalist and great-grandson of Yiddish writer Sholem Asch - describes arm-wrestling with a complete stranger and arguing with Marc Chagall - and gives a glimpse into Sholem Asch's eccentricities through his grandmother's stories.

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

This excerpt is in English.

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

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?