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.
"Ineffable and Intangible": Yiddish Literature
Sean Sidky, 2011 Steiner Summer Program student, explains his love of the Yiddish language, particularly the literature of David Bergelson.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Sean Sidky.
This excerpt is in English.
Sean Sidky was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1989.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
"Ineffable and Intangible": Yiddish Literature3 minutes 48 seconds
Australian Yiddish Library1 minute 50 seconds
"It's one of the most beautiful stories I've ever read": Research and Love of Yiddish writer David Bergelson3 minutes 28 seconds
"Like Stepping Through a Door": Entering the Yiddish World3 minutes 30 seconds
On Yiddish Film2 minutes 7 seconds
Live Your Own Judaism56 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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