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.
Al Berkowitz shares memories of his mother's cooking, from recipe to taste. He remembers three of his mother's specialties, challah, Romanian eggplant "salata" and the standard peasant cornmeal dish.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Albert Berkowitz.
This excerpt is in English.
Albert Berkowitz was born in New Rochelle, New York in 1921. Albert, z"l, died in 2015.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Food Memories3 minutes 21 seconds
"When you're being pushed, push back."2 minutes 16 seconds
"Gettin' 'em back for ploesti."1 minute 19 seconds
"I still remember where I was..."1 minute 11 seconds
Jewish Identity Over a Lifetime1 minute 29 seconds
Explaining Maritime Service3 minutes 4 seconds
My Grandmother's Immigration5 minutes 33 seconds
"This was my way of giving back."2 minutes 1 second
About the Wexler Oral History Project
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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