The Yiddish Book Center's
Wexler Oral History Project
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 and the Question of Lingua Franca
Aron Gonshor - actor in the Montreal Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre and surgeon - discusses the historic place of Yiddish in Jewish populations and describes the similarities and the sense of understanding between the Yiddish and French speaking communities of Montreal.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Aron Gonshor.
This excerpt is in English.
Aron Gonshor was born in Poland in 1947.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
"It Was As Simple As Breathing the Air": The Yiddish Community in Montreal
1 min 57 sec
Slide 0 of 8
"With That Gift Comes Responsibility": Reflections on the Importance of Yiddish
3 min 34 sec
Slide 3 of 8