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.

Breaking Down Walls: Overcoming the Distance Between My Father Bashevis Singer and Me

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  • Israel Zamir, son of Nobel Laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer, discusses his first few days in America, including his realization that his father had no time for him and the memory of how getting a job with Hashomer Hatzair helped break down the barriers between him and his father.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Israel Zamir.

This excerpt is in English.

Israel Zamir was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1929. Israel, z"l, died in 2014.

This interview is part of the series.

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.

Tell Us Your Story

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Do you (or someone you know) have stories to share about the importance of Yiddish language and culture in your life?