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 Influence of Gebirtig
Benjy Fox-Rosen tells how his grandmother introduced him to the music of Mordechai Gebirtig, which inspired his college senior recital, as well as his work now in the genre of New Music.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Benjamin Fox-Rosen.
This excerpt is in English.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
The Influence of Gebirtig2 minutes 48 seconds
Klezmer Did Not Exist In a Vacuum1 minute 30 seconds
"All the information is there and it belongs to you"2 minutes 13 seconds
What is a Klezmer1 minute 5 seconds
Learning Yiddish and the Future of Yiddish2 minutes 37 seconds
Early music experiences2 minutes 11 seconds
Luminescent Orchestrii2 minutes 7 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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