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.
An Irreplaceable Yiddish Experience
Judith Elbaum Schumer describes how Yiddishist parents like her father encouraged their children to use Yiddish whenever possible - and how this experience is hard to duplicate.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Judith Elbaum Schumer.
This excerpt is in English.
This interview is part of the Beyond the Books: Yiddish writers and their descendants series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
An Irreplaceable Yiddish Experience2 minutes 3 seconds
A Family's Journey to America10 minutes 39 seconds
I Didn't Understand that my Home Was Unique2 minutes 48 seconds
You Speak Your Mother Tongue at Home2 minutes 45 seconds
He Loved Being a Teacher1 minute 59 seconds
He Was a Deadline Writer1 minute 15 seconds
Escaping Lithuania With The Help of Chiune Sugihara4 minutes 23 seconds
Moshe Elbaum's Satirical Play1 minute 50 seconds
Do Not Tell Anybody that I Was Born in China1 minute 56 seconds
My Father Got a Rare Interview with Anthony Eden on the Train2 minutes 23 seconds
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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