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.
Cemeteries and Gottesman's Pear Tree: On Visiting Eastern Europe
Itzik Gottesman - folklorist and associate editor at the Forverts - recounts the trips he's taken to Eastern Europe.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Itzik Gottesman.
This excerpt is in Yiddish.
Itzik Gottesman was born in Bronx, New York in 1957.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Cemeteries and Gottesman's Pear Tree: On Visiting Eastern Europe6 minutes 12 seconds
Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman's Art and Writing2 minutes 7 seconds
Making a Living in Yiddish: Parenting Advice from My Parents1 minute 43 seconds
"An Alternative": Yiddish's Place in a Broader Jewish Culture1 minute 50 seconds
Raising a Daughter in Yiddish1 minute 49 seconds
Growing Up on Bainbridge Avenue1 minute 24 seconds
The Philosophy of Camp Boiberik, A Yiddish-Inspired Apolitical Summer Camp3 minutes 35 seconds
On Honesty and Survival After the Holocaust2 minutes 15 seconds
Yiddish Song of the Week Blog3 minutes 38 seconds
About the Wexler Oral History Project
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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