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.
The Experience of Menke Katz, Yiddish-Speaking Poet, in Israel at at Time of Strong Anti-Yiddish Sentiment
Troim Katz Handler, daughter of Yiddish poet Menke Katz, recalls how her father was arrested in Israel for speaking Yiddish to his son in the time when Israel was conducting what she describes as a "war on Yiddish."
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Troim Katz Handler.
This excerpt is in English.
Troim Katz Handler was born in Los Angeles, California in 1927.
This interview is part of the Beyond the Books: Yiddish writers and their descendants series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Born Under the Bed During a Pogrom: Stories From My Family Before Coming to America
1 min 26 sec
Slide 2 of 10
“How Strange That I Didn’t Recognize You!”: Meeting My Father, Poet Menke Katz, After Years Apart
1 min 20 sec
Slide 7 of 10