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.
"That's the best song I ever heard"
Sruli Dresdner recalls playing Klezmer music in a mostly Hispanic school in Queens with his wife, Klezmer musician Lisa Mayer.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Sruli Dresdner.
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
"That's the best song I ever heard"1 minute 3 seconds
My Illustrious Family1 minute 20 seconds
They didn't hit us too much in Kheyder (Cheder)1 minute 5 seconds
Singing a nign from his childhood1 minute 37 seconds
I stopped being a corporate lawyer and devoted my life to Yiddish music2 minutes 31 seconds
Love of the language1 minute 17 seconds
Telling secrets in front of the kids42 seconds
What makes a good nign1 minute 55 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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