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.

Queer Studies and Yiddish

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  • David Shneer, z"l, professor of history and religious studies and director of the Program in Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, explains how he discovered the ways that queer identity and Yiddish intersected.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with David Shneer.

This excerpt is in English.

David Shneer was born in Los Angeles, California in 1972. David, z"l, died in 2020.

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?