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.
Impressions of Isaac Bashevis Singer
Gloria Fein - tour guide at the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam - recounts meeting Yiddish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer: how she taught him a Yiddish word, how he was the first Jewish vegetarian she ever met, and how she later ran into him while on a trip to Israel.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Gloria Fein.
This excerpt is in Yiddish.
Gloria Fein was born in Münich, Germany in 1948.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Impressions of Isaac Bashevis Singer7 minutes 13 seconds
We Kids Spoke English to Each Other, Not Yiddish1 minute 12 seconds
Helping My Mother Make Gefilte Fish and Kreplekh, The Traditional Way1 minute 13 seconds
“There Was Always A Shadow Of The War”: Growing Up As A Child Of Holocaust Survivors2 minutes 2 seconds
Seeking Out Yiddish Speakers in Holland3 minutes 25 seconds
Ashkenazim and Sephardim in Holland2 minutes 5 seconds
The Influence of Sephardic Culture in Holland2 minutes 42 seconds
I Want To Do What I Can in Yiddish2 minutes 12 seconds
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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.
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