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.
A Yiddish Trick
Robert Epstein, educator, tells a story about how he convinced Yiddish speakers to think he was fluent by memorizing a poem.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Robert Epstein.
This excerpt is in English.
Robert Epstein was born in New York, New York in 1927.
Other video highlights from this oral history
A Yiddish Trick3 minutes 10 seconds
His Yiddish Background2 minutes 25 seconds
A Threat to the Jewish People1 minute 48 seconds
The Future of Yiddish2 minutes 19 seconds
The Meaning of "America Gonif"1 minute 12 seconds
Running Yiddish Workshops at an Adult Camp2 minutes 40 seconds
Singing a Yiddish Drinking Song1 minute 24 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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