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.
Laughing at Oneself
Andrei Malaev-Babel - theater director and grandson of writer Isaac Babel - discusses the necessity of being able to laugh at oneself. Specifically, he references a common tendency to take offense at any negative portrayal of a Jewish character.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Andrei Malaev-Babel.
This excerpt is in English.
Andrei Malaev-Babel was born in Moscow, Russia.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Laughing at Oneself1 minute 30 seconds
"A Mission To Tell the Truth": My Grandfather Isaac Babel's writing1 minute 9 seconds
"Paris Is for Strolling, Moscow Is for Writing" according to Isaac Babel1 minute 51 seconds
"He Makes You a Co-Creator": Reading Isaac Babel3 minutes 1 second
"Jewish in What Way?"1 minute 35 seconds
Babel and His Community4 minutes
How Grandmother Met My Grandfather, Isaac Babel5 minutes 37 seconds
Jews in the Vakhtangov Theater2 minutes 26 seconds
"It All Became Words for Him": How Babel Recited His Own Work1 minute 59 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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