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.
Tine Kindermann describes her two grandfathers, one of whom was a member of the Nazi Party, while the other fought in the Resistance. Yet she discredits all expectations by explaining more about each grandfather and in doing so highlights the complexity of life.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Tine Kindermann.
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
Two Grandfathers1 minute 1 second
"Living with a wound that will never heal"1 minute 33 seconds
Growing into Judaism3 minutes 4 seconds
Politicized Hummel Figurines3 minutes 27 seconds
German Folk Music1 minute 43 seconds
The Growth and Success of Klezmer1 minute 37 seconds
Vague Guilt1 minute 37 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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