The Yiddish Book Center's

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.

Laughing at Oneself

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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.