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
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 Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
The Uniqueness of Yiddish Theatre1 minute 37 seconds
Prewar Jewish Life in Kovno, Lithuania2 minutes 8 seconds
Surviving a Nazi Massacre: the "Great Aktion" of October 1941 in Kovne2 minutes 9 seconds
My Father Wrote Songs While In The Kovno Ghetto2 minutes 10 seconds
My First Job Performing in Yiddish Theatre2 minutes 25 seconds
"It Was Good to Be On His Good Side...In Case": Lighting the Shabbes Candles1 minute 11 seconds
Performing Alongside Joseph Buloff in "Yoshke Muzikant"1 minute 5 seconds
Performing My Molly Picon Show All Over the U.S. - Even in Montana3 minutes 23 seconds
The Endurance of Yiddish1 minute 46 seconds
Getting Married on the Yiddish Stage58 seconds
Crossing Over From The Yiddish to English Theatrical World1 minute 12 seconds
Discovering the Family's Fate During the Holocaust1 minute 19 seconds
Surviving the Kovno Ghetto5 minutes 38 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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