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 Roughness of Yiddish
Christian Dawid - Berlin-based, world-renowned klezmer clarinet player - explains that he likes Yiddish for its "roughness" and the ways in which it can be both beautiful and obscene.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Christian Dawid.
This excerpt is in English.
Christian Dawid was born in Bremen, Germany in 1968.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
The Roughness of Yiddish1 minute 36 seconds
Musical Stories1 minute 52 seconds
The Klezmer Revival1 minute 33 seconds
"I'm the only one without a grandmother on stage"1 minute 10 seconds
"Can you teach me how to sound more Jewish?"1 minute 48 seconds
Yiddishland2 minutes 20 seconds
"Tradition is what we create right now"2 minutes 32 seconds
Being a Non-Jew in the Klezmer World2 minutes 33 seconds
Everything Matters1 minute 15 seconds
Klezmer Music is Both Close and Far1 minute 47 seconds
More information about this oral history excerpt
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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.
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