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.

A Yiddish Phrase from Childhood: "Shmey Drey"

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Jim Hoberman - Village Voice film critic and author of seminal book Bridge of Light: Yiddish Film Between the Two World Wars - discusses his family's use of Yiddish words in their English conversations and explains their use of the phrase "shmey drey."

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Jim Hoberman.

This excerpt is in English.

Jim Hoberman was born in New York, New York in 1949.