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.
Yiddish Culture Was Their Religion: Founders Of The Montreal Jewish Public Library
Eva Raby - former director of the Montreal Jewish Public Library - describes the origins of Montreal's Jewish Public Library, "biblyotek un folks universitet", and how Yiddish culture was like a religion for secular families like hers.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Eva Raby.
This excerpt is in English.
Eva Raby was born in Montreal, Québec, Canada in 1942.
Other video highlights from this oral history
History Behind The Multilingual Holdings Of The Montreal Jewish Public Library
3 min 59 sec
Slide 1 of 10
Named After a Yiddish Research Institute: The Stories Behind My Name, Eva
2 min 11 sec
Slide 6 of 10
My Grandfather Said Go To Canada, Now!: The Famous Roskies Family Immigration Stories
5 min 13 sec
Slide 8 of 10