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.
Israel Gubkin's sense of sadness at the decline of Yiddish schooling and camping
Ethel Taft describes the sense of sadness her father, Yiddish writer and teacher Israel Gubkin, experienced when he saw the decline of Yiddish schooling and camping.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Ethel Taft.
This excerpt is in English.
This interview is part of the Beyond the Books: Yiddish writers and their descendants series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Israel Gubkin's sense of sadness at the decline of Yiddish schooling and camping2 minutes 8 seconds
"Yiddish Talks By Itself": When English Fails Me1 minute 35 seconds
Habonim Summer Camp 1948-19502 minutes 46 seconds
"I Remember My Father Opening the Letter and Turning White": Becoming Aware of the Holocaust2 minutes 35 seconds
For A Democratic and Jewish Homeland2 minutes 32 seconds
Israel Gubkin's devotion to Zionism and Yiddish1 minute 37 seconds
What Are We Going To Do With Her Now?: My Education at Yiddish Schools of New York4 minutes 29 seconds
A Yiddish Mouse: My First And Only Original Yiddish Poem2 minutes 5 seconds
Camp Kinderwelt: A Yiddish Summer Camp in the 1940s1 minute 50 seconds
Israel Gubkin's passion for teaching1 minute 51 seconds
The writings of Yiddish essayist and poet Israel Gubkin3 minutes 25 seconds
"I'm So Sorry You Didn't Teach Me Yiddish.": Regretting Not Passing Along Yiddish To The Children2 minutes 41 seconds
Government as a Supportive Entity, Not Punitive: The Political Values of the Israel Gubkin Family2 minutes
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