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.
My Ancestor Fought in the American Civil War, Not on the “Right” Side
Marc Caplan - Professor of Yiddish Literature, Language, and Culture at Johns Hopkins University - tells how one of his ancestors fought for the South during the Civil War shortly after immigrating to America.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Marc Caplan.
This excerpt is in Yiddish.
Marc Caplan was born in Alexandria, Louisiana in 1967.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.