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.

Reflections on the Widespread Knowledge of Yiddish Words Despite Jewish Assimilation

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Michael Wex explains that Jews, no matter how non-religious or assimilated, still know the real meaning of the Yiddish word "schmuck."

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Michael Wex.

This excerpt is in English.

Michael Wex was born in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada in 1954.