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.
Oral History of the American Left
Paul Buhle, author and social historian, describes how his Oral History of the American Left project brought him into contact with Yiddish speakers.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Paul Buhle.
This excerpt is in English.
Paul Buhle was born in Urbana, Illinois in 1944.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Oral History of the American Left3 minutes 40 seconds
The Question of Jewish Cultural Continuity2 minutes 44 seconds
A Lesson Learned through Interviewing Women Activists of the Left1 minute 39 seconds
Yiddish Literature: It Is All Connected2 minutes 12 seconds
Poetry at Labor Strikes1 minute 34 seconds
Baruch Rivkin's Ideas About Yiddish Sensibility3 minutes 19 seconds
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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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