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.

"My Goal Has Always Been To Break Out Of The Ghetto": Yiddish Content within American Culture

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  • Henry Sapoznik - musician, scholar, and KlezKamp founder - talks about his goal to make Yiddish culture more visible and accessible within the broader American culture.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Henry Sapoznik.

This excerpt is in English.

Henry Sapoznik was born in 1953 in Brooklyn, New York.

This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.

More information about this oral history excerpt

Themes in this oral history excerpt:

  • Henry Sapoznik
  • Diaspora
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Madison
  • Wisconsin
  • Yiddish language
  • Yiddish revival and activism
  • Radio
  • Career and Professional Life
  • Scholarship, Academia
  • Theater
  • United States

About the Wexler Oral History Project

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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.

Tell Us Your Story

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Do you (or someone you know) have stories to share about the importance of Yiddish language and culture in your life?