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.
Two Films That Touched My Soul: The Beginning of My Interest in Yiddish and Yidishkayt
Alec Burko - graduate student and staff member at the Yiddish Forverts - describes how watching two films, Hasidim in America and The Godfather, inspired him to start learning Yiddish.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Alec (Leyzer) Burko.
This excerpt is in Yiddish.
Alec (Leyzer) Burko was born in Carbondale, Illinois in 1978.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Exploring the Hasidic Community: Going Full-Circle with My Interest in Religion
3 min 5 sec
Slide 1 of 6
Nahum Stutchkoff, renowned Yiddish linguist, and His Career on the WEVD Yiddish Radio
3 min 14 sec
Slide 3 of 6