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.

The Uniqueness of Yiddish Theatre

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  • Diane Cypkin, professor at Pace University and performer, remembers how during her production of a Yiddish play the audience began singing the lyrics to the the Jewish folk melody that accompanied a scene change.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Diane Cypkin.

This excerpt is in English.

Diane Cypkin was born in Münich, Germany in 1948.

This interview is part of the series.

About the Wexler Oral History Project

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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.

Tell Us Your Story

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Do you (or someone you know) have stories to share about the importance of Yiddish language and culture in your life?