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