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.

"If Not Higher:" Discovering Jewish Values Through Yiddish Literature

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  • Marlene Hait, raised in a Yiddish home by survivors of the Holocaust, speaks about I.L. Peretz's Yiddish story "If Not Higher" and discusses how it has inspired and informed her identity as a Jew.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Marlene Hait.

This excerpt is in English.

Marlene Hait was born in Landsberg am Lech, Germany in 1946.

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?