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.
A Carp in the Bathtub
Alice Ahart recalls how her mother would buy live carp and keep them in the bathtub on Fridays because her father insisted on seeing fish alive before he would eat them.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Alice Ahart.
This excerpt is in English.
Alice Ahart was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada in 1932.
Other video highlights from this oral history
A Carp in the Bathtub1 minute 25 seconds
A Sunday Afternoon with Forverts2 minutes 36 seconds
"Hop! Mayne Homentashn" A Yiddish Purim Song1 minute 31 seconds
Bat Mitzvah as an Adult2 minutes 18 seconds
Getting to "Di Goldene Medine" (The Golden Land)3 minutes 1 second
Jews in Tennessee1 minute 10 seconds
"The Country Mouse Going to the City"3 minutes 49 seconds
The Resuscitation of Yiddish1 minute 13 seconds
A Tip-Toe Recipe for Sponge Cake1 minute 46 seconds
Sitting Below in the Synagogue1 minute 7 seconds
Outings with the Landsleit3 minutes 40 seconds
Mother Bear Project1 minute 56 seconds
Yiddish Getting Lost in the Melting Pot of Canadian and American Schools1 minute 52 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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