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.

The Roots of "Born to Kvetch"

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  • 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.

More information about this oral history excerpt

Themes in this oral history excerpt:

  • KlezKamp
  • Michael Wex
  • Yiddish language
  • Yiddish teaching
  • Literature
  • Books

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?