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.
Bringing Yiddish Back to the University of Wisconsin, Madison
Henry Sapoznik - musician, scholar, and KlezKamp founder - discusses the history of Yiddish studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and how he came to work there. He reflects on the presence of Yiddish beyond New York.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Henry Sapoznik.
This excerpt is in English.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Bringing Yiddish Back to the University of Wisconsin, Madison2 minutes 54 seconds
Junior Folklorists at KlezKamp53 seconds
"It's Something That's Yours": Yiddish Culture For Those Who Grew Up With It And Those Who Didn't1 minute 46 seconds
"It Was Like Being Handed a Baton": YIVO in the 1980s4 minutes 35 seconds
Klezmer Banjo2 minutes 35 seconds
Transplanting the Old Way4 minutes 53 seconds
"My Goal Has Always Been To Break Out Of The Ghetto": Yiddish Content within American Culture2 minutes 33 seconds
It Was All Learned by Ear1 minute 43 seconds
"Don't You Have None of Your Own Music?"4 minutes 11 seconds
The Growth of KlezKamp2 minutes 55 seconds
About the Wexler Oral History Project
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.
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