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.

For The People: Sholem Aleichem Comes to America

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  • Mitchell Waife, grandson of Yiddish author and playwright Sholem Aleichem, recounts how his grandfather and his family came to America with the help of American Jews' generosity at a crucial historical moment.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Mitchell Waife.

This excerpt is in English.

Mitchell Waife was born in 1923. Mitchell, z"l, died in 2015.

This interview is part of the series.

About the Wexler Oral History Project

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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.

Tell Us Your Story

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Do you (or someone you know) have stories to share about the importance of Yiddish language and culture in your life?