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
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.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Discovering Western Yiddish2 minutes 59 seconds
Sadly, Our Yiddish Does Not Have a Future3 minutes 34 seconds
Politics at the Amalgamated Housing Cooperative2 minutes 41 seconds
We Had World Literature in Yiddish in our Apartment2 minutes 7 seconds
Isaac Bashevis Singer, "Not a Typical Yiddish Writer"3 minutes 56 seconds
The Arrival of Yiddish-Speaking Children Refugees from Poland2 minutes 55 seconds
Marvin Zuckerman on Writing a Yiddish Primer1 minute 29 seconds
The Values of The Bund, A Jewish Socialist Movement2 minutes 1 second
What People Don't Know About Yiddish Literature2 minutes 7 seconds
When Sidor Belarsky Performed at a Union Benefit2 minutes
My Parents Stole Across Borders to Get to America3 minutes 5 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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