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.
"I'm an American, I speak English... and by the way your Yiddish is terrible!": My Mother at 103
Helen Kurzban, Brooklyn-born native Yiddish speaker and former administrator in the New York City public schools, remembers how as a young girl she helped her mother with her English language skills. She relates the story of how her mother, at the age of 103, equated mastery of English with being a proud American.
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.