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.
Discovering Chancellor Murphy’s Connection To Birobizhan on My First Trip To America
Nikolai (Kolya) Borodulin - master teacher at Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring - remembers his first trip to America, as part of an academic exchange between Birobidzhan and City College of New York, and how the chancellor of City College had his own connection to Birobidzhan.
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
Discovering Chancellor Murphy’s Connection To Birobizhan on My First Trip To America1 minute 37 seconds
A Week in Yiddishland at Circle Lodge with Workmen's Circle1 minute 26 seconds
Discovering My Family History Through Proverbs4 minutes 4 seconds
Advice for Yiddish Learners: Have a Real Interest in Yiddish1 minute 7 seconds
I Started Studying Yiddish Because I Was Offered A Job To Teach It In Birobidzhan1 minute 45 seconds
Creating Yiddish Games for Children1 minute 18 seconds
Learning Yiddish from a Soviet Textbook2 minutes 11 seconds
What Is Rosh Hashanah? Discovering Jewish Culture at Age Eighteen in Birobidzhan, Jewish Autonomous Region of the Soviet Union4 minutes 32 seconds
A Father's Childhood Memories of Crimea1 minute 36 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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