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 Greatest Fiddler of Them All": Meeting Itzhak Perlman
Michael Katz, activist and grandson of Yiddish journalist Moishe Katz, describes meeting the famous musician Itzhak Perlman.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Michael Katz.
This excerpt is in English.
Michael Katz was born in Bronx, New York in 1955.
This interview is part of the Beyond the Books: Yiddish writers and their descendants series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
"The Greatest Fiddler of Them All": Meeting Itzhak Perlman1 minute 37 seconds
The Legacy and Future of Kinderland2 minutes 42 seconds
Divisions Within the Jewish Left3 minutes 8 seconds
"They Got Us in Germany, They're Not Gonna Get Us Here": An Anti-Semitic Incident at Camp Kinderland in the Post-WWII Period3 minutes 34 seconds
"If You're Not Gonna Go to Shul, Go to School."1 minute 1 second
What a Mensh!2 minutes 2 seconds
Four Generations of Yiddish Activism2 minutes 23 seconds
"Can I be a Jew Without Being Progressive?"2 minutes 28 seconds
I Was at the "I Have a Dream Speech"2 minutes 44 seconds
"A Besere Velt" (A Better World) Through Music and Culture3 minutes 10 seconds
"Dad, They Understand Yiddish!"1 minute 49 seconds
A Small Yiddish World2 minutes 14 seconds
I'd Probably End Up Going to Prison2 minutes
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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