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.
Yiddish Literature, African Literature, and Modernism
Marc Caplan - Professor of Yiddish Literature, Language, and Culture at Johns Hopkins University - explains how Yiddish and African literature deal similarly with the concept of modernization.
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.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Yiddish Literature, African Literature, and Modernism5 minutes 59 seconds
My Ancestor Fought in the American Civil War, Not on the “Right” Side2 minutes 8 seconds
Understanding the Importance of Jewish Identity3 minutes 33 seconds
Working in An Aquarium: Modern Yiddish Culture in the Academy2 minutes 53 seconds
Yiddish in the Academy: The Advantage of Being on the Periphery3 minutes 21 seconds
Suckling Pig With the Louisiana Jewish Community4 minutes 18 seconds
"Dad, an Eel in Yiddish is a Venger"2 minutes 8 seconds
Comparing Narewka to Louisiana2 minutes 48 seconds
About the Wexler Oral History Project
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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