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.
The Roots of "Born to Kvetch"
Michael Wex explains how the idea for his book "Born to Kvetch" came out of the Yiddish language classes he taught and his students' desires for more information about Yiddish culture.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Michael Wex.
This excerpt is in English.
Michael Wex was born in 1954 in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
The Roots of "Born to Kvetch"2 minutes 51 seconds
A Religious Childhood1 minute 36 seconds
Scholars, Rebbes and Frank Sinatra1 minute 18 seconds
The Problem of Assimilated Jews1 minute 15 seconds
The Real Meaning of Schmuck1 minute 20 seconds
A Short History of Lethbridge Jewish Community2 minutes 9 seconds
"Yiddish Literature was funded on the proceeds of the sales of Cowboy hats"1 minute 1 second
"I went to school in the eleventh century it's just nobody bothered to tell me"1 minute 23 seconds
Deciding on Graduate School2 minutes 7 seconds
A Polish-Canadian1 minute 24 seconds
First Time at KlezKamp2 minutes 21 seconds
More information about this oral history excerpt
Themes in this oral history excerpt:
- Michael Wex
- Yiddish language
- Yiddish teaching
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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