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.

Sadly, Our Yiddish Does Not Have a Future

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Marvin Zuckerman, retired English and Yiddish professor, explains why he does not think secular Yiddish has a future, comparing the rich Yiddish culture of his childhood with how few opportunities he has to speak Yiddish today.

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

This excerpt is in English and Yiddish.

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