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.
Eugene Orenstein recalls going to Camp Kinderland as a child and then working there as a staff member. He discusses the ideological arguments of his era and the negative feelings these struggles left with him.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Eugene Orenstein.
This excerpt is in English.
Eugene Orenstein was born in Bronx, New York in 1945.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Camp Kinderland3 minutes 29 seconds
How my Father Lost his Faith2 minutes 20 seconds
His Mother's Story4 minutes 7 seconds
From the Polish Army to Cuba3 minutes
"A De-Judaized Yiddish"2 minutes 31 seconds
"Shul Number Eins": Memories From The First Yiddish School in New York2 minutes 17 seconds
Jewish Students' Changing Relationship to Yiddish2 minutes 13 seconds
A Unique Jewish Community2 minutes 15 seconds
A Coop in the Bronx1 minute 35 seconds
the importance of learning languages3 minutes 24 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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