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.
Hans Herda - retired math professor and Yiddish Book Center volunteer - speaks to the importance of Yiddish literature.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Hans Herda.
This excerpt is in English.
Hans Herda was born in Berlin, Germany in 1938.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Understanding Jewishness1 minute 56 seconds
Starting A Revolution: My Conversion To Judaism2 minutes 50 seconds
Noticing A Looser Class System In America Versus Germany57 seconds
It Reminds You That You're Jewish: Keeping Kosher52 seconds
My Favorite Yiddish Word: Farfaln1 minute 9 seconds
Values And Aspects I Appreciate In Judaism2 minutes 19 seconds
A Round-Up At Town Hall: A Childhood Memory of World War Two in Germany1 minute 13 seconds
I Really Feel Jewish2 minutes 31 seconds
Childhood Memories of World War Two As A German In Germany1 minute 28 seconds
We Said A Prayer For Hitler During Elementary School In Germany1 minute 18 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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