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.
Suckling Pig With the Louisiana Jewish Community
Marc Caplan tells a funny story involving a suckling pig to explain what it was like growing up Jewish in Louisiana.
This interview was conducted in Yiddish.
Andrew (Marc) Caplan was born in 1967 in Alexandria, Louisiana .
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Suckling Pig With the Louisiana Jewish Community4 minutes 18 seconds
Yiddish Literature, African Literature, and Modernism5 minutes 59 seconds
My Ancestor Fought in the American Civil War, Not on the “Right” Side2 minutes 8 seconds
Yiddish in the Academy: The Advantage of Being on the Periphery3 minutes 21 seconds
Understanding the Importance of Jewish Identity3 minutes 33 seconds
Working in An Aquarium: Modern Yiddish Culture in the Academy2 minutes 53 seconds
Comparing Narewka to Louisiana2 minutes 48 seconds
"Dad, an Eel in Yiddish is a Venger"2 minutes 8 seconds
More information about this oral history excerpt
Themes in this oral history excerpt:
- Family history, stories about ancestors
- Jewish Identity
- Family traditions
- shabbat, shabbes, sabbath
- United States
- Food and culinary traditions
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