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.
Yiddish and English at Camp Kinderland
Leo Summergrad - Yiddish speaker, educator, and WWII veteran - remembers attending Camp Kinderland in his youth and describes the use of Yiddish and English at camp.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Leo Summergrad.
This excerpt is in English.
Leo Summergrad was born in Bronx, New York in 1923.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Yiddish and English at Camp Kinderland1 minute 47 seconds
It Was the Most Important Decision of my Life: Signing Myself Up for Yiddish Shule3 minutes 37 seconds
My Parents' Values Left a Mark54 seconds
40 Years of Teaching1 minute 14 seconds
Collecting Yiddish Songs5 minutes 8 seconds
Thinking in Yiddish1 minute 1 second
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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