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.
Yiddish, A Plastic Language
Arnold Friedmann - German Jew and Emeritus Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst - shares how his attitude toward Yiddish changed, how he developed a love for Yiddish literature, and his personal thoughts on the Yiddish language.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Arnold Friedmann.
This excerpt is in English.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Yiddish, A Plastic Language2 minutes 39 seconds
Renting a Garden in Nuremberg1 minute 3 seconds
Destroying Ammunition in Cairo While in the British Army1 minute 53 seconds
German Jews Lived Together in Palestine1 minute 15 seconds
My Interest in Yiddish Goes Back to New York1 minute 9 seconds
Bar Mitzvah Presents Suitable for Emigration1 minute 27 seconds
A Kosher Home, Please?1 minute 4 seconds
Joining the Jewish Community in Palestine1 minute 42 seconds
Refugee Life in Palestine5 minutes 59 seconds
Joining the British Army1 minute 24 seconds
"We Lost All Contact After We Left" The Fate of Relatives in Germany During World War Two2 minutes 9 seconds
Assimilated German Jews1 minute 53 seconds
Kristallnacht: A Personal Account4 minutes 4 seconds
Going to School in Nuremberg, Germany in the 1930s56 seconds
Hitler Made Me A More Proud Jew58 seconds
Joining the Fight for Israeli Independence2 minutes 1 second
Being Jewish and Being American: Complementary Identities1 minute 43 seconds
Matzoh and Bread in the Bread Box1 minute
Running to Jewish High School in Germany in the Thirties1 minute 51 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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