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.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Yiddish Culture Was Their Religion: Founders Of The Montreal Jewish Public Library2 minutes 32 seconds
The Origins of the Yiddish Talking Books58 seconds
My Grandfather Said Go To Canada, Now!: The Famous Roskies Family Immigration Stories5 minutes 13 seconds
Storytelling at the Jewish Public Library2 minutes 38 seconds
Any Yiddish Writer that Came to Montreal Visited Our Home1 minute 21 seconds
Recorded Lectures at the Jewish Public Library6 minutes 13 seconds
Yiddish: As Great a Language as All the Major Languages2 minutes
History Behind The Multilingual Holdings Of The Montreal Jewish Public Library3 minutes 59 seconds
Named After a Yiddish Research Institute: The Stories Behind My Name, Eva2 minutes 11 seconds
How I Came To Record Kinder Klangen Children's Music Tapes3 minutes 41 seconds
My Father Heard Trotsky and Lenin Speak1 minute 13 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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