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.

How A Yiddish Folk Song Got Me Into The Chicago Symphony Chorus

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  • Martin Broder - cardiologist and Yiddish speaker - shares how he auditioned for the Chicago Symphony Chorus with an unaccompanied Yiddish folk song, Tumbalalayka, and to his astonishment, was accepted.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Martin Broder.

This excerpt is in English.

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About the Wexler Oral History Project

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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.

Tell Us Your Story

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Do you (or someone you know) have stories to share about the importance of Yiddish language and culture in your life?