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.
A Jew Breathes with Two Nostrils
Abraham Lichtenbaum - Yiddish teacher and director of the IWO (YIVO, Yiddish Research Institute) in Buenos Aires, Argentina - uses a quote from Mendele Moykher Sforim to illustrate the importance of Yiddish and of multilingualism in Jewish studies.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with David Schlitt.
This excerpt is in Yiddish.
Other video highlights from this oral history
A Freedom to Experiment: Art and My Jewish Identity2 minutes 21 seconds
Exploring Romania with my Father: An Inspiration to Learn Yiddish2 minutes 26 seconds
Yiddish Salvages a Columbia Undergrad Education3 minutes 6 seconds
Shaped by The Simpsons2 minutes 19 seconds
I Don't Want it to Feel Like Just Bagels and Cream Cheese1 minute 5 seconds
I'm a Partisan on Behalf of the Jews: Studying Yiddish in Lithuania2 minutes 29 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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