Wexler Oral History Project

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 Family History of High European Culture

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  • David Mazower - BBC journalist and great-grandson of Yiddish writer Sholem Asch - describes his family's history and its connection to high European culture. He focuses on his great-grandfather, the Yiddish writer Sholem Asch, who was friends with prominent people of his time.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with David Mazower.

This excerpt is in English.

David Mazower was born in 1959 in London, England, United KIngdom.

This interview is part of the Beyond the Books: Yiddish writers and their descendants series.

More information about this oral history excerpt

Themes in this oral history excerpt:

  • Paris
  • France
  • Berlin
  • Germany
  • Warsaw
  • Poland
  • Marc Chagall
  • Albert Einstein
  • David Mazower
  • Soviet Union
  • Western Europe
  • Eastern Europe
  • Yiddish Book Center
  • Transmission (intergenerational, cultural, social... parenting)
  • Roots/heritage
  • Family history and stories re. ancestors
  • Immigration, Migration, and place
  • Other Jewish languages
  • Literature
  • Israel

About the Wexler Oral History Project

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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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Do you (or someone you know) have stories to share about the importance of Yiddish language and culture in your life?