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.
An Assimilationist Impulse: My Jewish Family Celebrating Christmas
Mark Gerstein, z"l - former high school history teacher and Wexler Oral History Project volunteer - recalls how as a child he and his sister received Christmas gifts so they would not feel left out of mainstream American culture. This caused great embarrassment when a Jewish doctor visited the home on Christmas Eve.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Mark Gerstein.
This excerpt is in English.
Mark Gerstein was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1949. Mark died in 2013.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Talk to Your Grandparents! The Importance of Asking Questions and Family History
Slide 1 of 27
Sean Furgeson, a Good Yiddish Name: On How Officials Changed Names Upon Immigrating Through Ellis Island
1 min 33 sec
Slide 2 of 27
Jewish Immigration: Examining the Categories on My Grandfather's Ship Manifest
2 min 20 sec
Slide 25 of 27