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.
'It's Some Kind of Tikkun Olam (Healing of the World)': Resolving a Klezmer Controversy
Jeff Warschauer talks about Europeans' interest in klezmer music and playing in Krakow. He describes a Holocaust survivor's outrage that he would play klezmer music in a country where so many Jews were murdered.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Jeff Warschauer.
This excerpt is in English.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
'It's Some Kind of Tikkun Olam (Healing of the World)': Resolving a Klezmer Controversy2 minutes 3 seconds
Playing My Own Music1 minute 37 seconds
"I met a kid today who believes in God!"1 minute 43 seconds
The Vertical Shtetl: Boston's Organized Housing For the Jewish Elderly1 minute 57 seconds
"Study for study's sake"2 minutes 7 seconds
Non-Jews and Yiddish1 minute 1 second
A Personal Connection to Klezmer Music2 minutes 34 seconds
Filling the Spiritual Gap2 minutes 19 seconds
"Jewbilly"1 minute 52 seconds
Finding a balance1 minute 52 seconds
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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