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.

My Grandmother's Folk Tales and Card Games

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  • Abraham Lichtenbaum - Yiddish teacher and director of the IWO (YIVO, Yiddish Research Institute) in Buenos Aires, Argentina - remembers how his grandmother spoke only Yiddish with him, told stories, and taught him the card games mentioned in Sholem Aleichem's writing.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Abraham (Avrom) Lichtenbaum.

This excerpt is in Yiddish.

Abraham (Avrom) Lichtenbaum was born in 1943 in Argentina.

This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.

More information about this oral history excerpt

Themes in this oral history excerpt:

  • Abraham Lichtenbaum
  • Grandmother
  • Folklore
  • Folk Tales
  • Card Games
  • Lithuania
  • Family history, stories about ancestors
  • Childhood
  • Yiddish language
  • Latin America
  • Yiddish speaker

About the Wexler Oral History Project

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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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