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.

Discovering Western Yiddish

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  • Marvin Zuckerman, retired English and Yiddish professor, remembers how his German-Jewish in-laws exposed him to several phrases of Western Yiddish, a variety of Yiddish from Western Europe.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Marvin Zuckerman.

This excerpt is in Yiddish and English.

Marvin Zuckerman was born in Bronx, New York in 1932.

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About the Wexler Oral History Project

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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.

Tell Us Your Story

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Do you (or someone you know) have stories to share about the importance of Yiddish language and culture in your life?