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.
"It Was Like Being Handed a Baton": YIVO in the 1980s
Henry Sapoznik - musician, scholar, and KlezKamp founder - describes the atmosphere at the YIVO Institute when he started working there in 1982.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Henry Sapoznik.
This excerpt is in English.
Henry Sapoznik was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1953.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
"It's Something That's Yours": Yiddish Culture For Those Who Grew Up With It And Those Who Didn't
1 min 46 sec
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"My Goal Has Always Been To Break Out Of The Ghetto": Yiddish Content within American Culture
2 min 33 sec
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