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.

I Spoke Both Languages Always

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Paul Kaye, Navy veteran and officer on the Haganah ship Hatikvah, describes the strong presence of both Yiddish and English in his childhood and remembers how his father spoke only Yiddish.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Paul Kaye.

This excerpt is in English.

Paul Kaye was born in New York, New York in 1967.