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.
Learning Yiddish from a Soviet Textbook
Nikolai (Kolya) Borodulin - master teacher at Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring - describes his first Yiddish textbook, which was written in Soviet orthography and did not discuss Jewish history or culture.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Nikolai (Kolya) Borodulin.
This excerpt is in Yiddish.
Nikolai (Kolya) Borodulin was born in Birobidzhan, Russia in 1961.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
What Is Rosh Hashanah? Discovering Jewish Culture at Age Eighteen in Birobidzhan, Jewish Autonomous Region of the Soviet Union
4 min 32 sec
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Discovering Chancellor Murphy’s Connection To Birobizhan on My First Trip To America
1 min 37 sec
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