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"
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.
This interview is part of the Beyond the Books: Yiddish writers and their descendants series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
"He Was a Hugely Dramatic Personality"2 minutes 53 seconds
Sholem Asch's Work and View of Women1 minute 56 seconds
"Let Me Shake the Hand of History"2 minutes 35 seconds
A Family History of High European Culture2 minutes 27 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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