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
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 Dana Szeflan-Bell.
This excerpt is in Yiddish.
Other video highlights from this oral history
A Child Holocaust Survivor Sings a Yiddish Song About the Ghetto3 minutes 39 seconds
Religious and Cultural Life in DP Camp After WWII1 minute 38 seconds
Separated at the Train Station1 minute 59 seconds
Learning About Shoes47 seconds
"Life is serendipity, you know": An amazing story of separation and reunion during WWII7 minutes 3 seconds
Educating Christian Teachers About the Holocaust3 minutes 14 seconds
"The War Wasn't Over for the Jews": Memories of Life in the DP Camp1 minute 23 seconds
Back in Poland, Murder at a Wedding53 seconds
Yiddish Is My Religion3 minutes 16 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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