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.

Beyond Anatevka: The Challenges of Documenting Yiddish Life without Yiddish

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Marlene Hait, raised in a Yiddish home by survivors of the Holocaust, reflects on the complexity of Eastern European Jewish life and the ways in which modern film and literature have failed to capture it.

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.