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.
"American Children Speak English!": Discouraged from Using Yiddish
Helen Kurzban, Brooklyn-born native Yiddish speaker and former administrator in the New York City public schools, recalls how her kindergarten teacher demanded that as an American she speak only English.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Helen Kurzban.
This excerpt is in English.
Helen Kurzban was born in New York, New York in 1930.
Other video highlights from this oral history
"I'm an American, I speak English... and by the way your Yiddish is terrible!": My Mother at 103
1 min 15 sec
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