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.
History Made Tangible
Sophia Wise expresses the importance of studying Yiddish history in the Yiddish Book Center, surrounded by the material culture itself.
This interview was conducted in English.
Sophia Wise was born in 1992 in Orlando, Florida.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
History Made Tangible56 seconds
Becoming a bat mitzvah1 minute 51 seconds
"How many cousins I don't have"1 minute 25 seconds
Keeping kosher55 seconds
The Lion King in Hebrew1 minute 35 seconds
Attachment to Yiddish1 minute 12 seconds
Hearing Tumbalalaika Again1 minute 2 seconds
"Yiddish defies linguistic possibilities"1 minute 7 seconds
"It's this ghost that doesn't have a home state"1 minute 22 seconds
More information about this oral history excerpt
Themes in this oral history excerpt:
- Yiddish language
- Yiddish Book Center
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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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