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 JPFOIWO: The World of the Yiddish Intelligentsia
Troim Katz Handler, daughter of Yiddish poet Menke Katz, describes the secretarial position that she held for many years for the Jewish People's Fraternal Order of the IWO, a secular Jewish, socialist organization. She recalls that neither she nor her father were particularly politically inclined, and Menke in fact left the Freiheit after the murder of Jewish writers by Stalin in 1952.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Troim Katz Handler.
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
The JPFOIWO: The World of the Yiddish Intelligentsia4 minutes 15 seconds
The Experience of Menke Katz, Yiddish-Speaking Poet, in Israel at at Time of Strong Anti-Yiddish Sentiment1 minute 50 seconds
A Strange Arrangement: Growing Up With My Yiddish-Speaking Grandparents So My Father Could Write2 minutes 5 seconds
What's In a Name: Menke Katz on Changing Names and Changing Destinies58 seconds
Born Under the Bed During a Pogrom: Stories From My Family Before Coming to America1 minute 26 seconds
My Mother, Khashke Katz, Was Also A Writer1 minute 24 seconds
“How Strange That I Didn’t Recognize You!”: Meeting My Father, Poet Menke Katz, After Years Apart1 minute 20 seconds
Dual Consciousness: Growing Up In A Blended Religious and Secular Home2 minutes 26 seconds
Satmar and the Future of Yiddish1 minute 1 second
"Two Lives With One Man:" Memories of Menke Katz1 minute 16 seconds
The Jewish Community of Passaic, New Jersey1 minute 45 seconds
More information about this oral history excerpt
- Family histories
- Yiddish language
- Yiddish learning
- Yiddish revival and activism
- Yiddish scene
- Yiddish speaker
- Career and Professional Life
- Jewish professions
- Soviet Union
- Politics and political movements
- Descendants of Yiddish personalities, Beyond the Books
- Yiddish personalities
- Jewish community
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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.
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