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Oy Vey is a Slavic Expression
Emile Karafiol, attorney, explains that the phrase "oy vey" is of Slavic origin and has counterparts in various Slavic languages.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Emile Karafiol.
This excerpt is in English.
Emile Karafiol was born in 1935 in Warsaw, Poland.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Oy Vey is a Slavic Expression59 seconds
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Historical Interactions between Jews and Non-Jews in Poland2 minutes 46 seconds
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They Took My Passport: A Yiddish Speaker Visits Israel2 minutes 39 seconds
Listening to Holocaust Survivors' Stories2 minutes 41 seconds
My Mother Went On A Hunger Strike to Go to School2 minutes 33 seconds
My Mother Thought Yiddish Would Die Out. And Me? I'm Not Sure.3 minutes 9 seconds
My Mother Was an Orthodox Secularist1 minute 59 seconds
More information about this oral history excerpt
Themes in this oral history excerpt:
- Emile Karafiol
- Oy Vey
- Polish language
- Slavic languages
- Yiddish language
- Other languages
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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.
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