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.

Yiddish Picks Up the Language of the Country

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Paul Kaye, Navy veteran and officer on the Haganah ship Hatikvah, describes how Yiddish both unifies Jewish people and incorporates words from the different countries in which it is spoken.

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.