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 Problem of Assimilated Jews
Michael Wex discusses the problem faced by assimilated Jews who are interested in Yiddish culture yet know little about Jewish traditions.
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.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
The Problem of Assimilated Jews1 minute 15 seconds
"Yiddish Literature was funded on the proceeds of the sales of Cowboy hats"1 minute 2 seconds
A Short History of Lethbridge Jewish Community2 minutes 9 seconds
The Roots of "Born to Kvetch"2 minutes 51 seconds
A Polish-Canadian1 minute 24 seconds
Reflections on the Widespread Knowledge of Yiddish Words Despite Jewish Assimilation1 minute 20 seconds
A Religious Childhood1 minute 36 seconds
First Time at KlezKamp2 minutes 21 seconds
Scholars, Rebbes and Frank Sinatra1 minute 18 seconds
"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
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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