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.
Memories of Chaim Grade, Avrom Sutzkever, and Itzik Manger
Benjamin (Binyomen) Harshav, z"l - professor emeritus at Yale University - remembers how his father taught writers Chaim Grade and Avrom Sutzkever Jewish history - and recounts an infamous story about Itzik Manger.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Benjamin (Binyomen) Harshav.
This excerpt is in Yiddish.
Benjamin (Binyomen) Harshav was born in Vilna, Lithuania in 1928. Benjamin (Binyomen) died in 2015.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
The Kletskin Publishing House Was Downstairs: Prof. Benjamin Harshav, z"l, Remembers From His 1930s Childhood in Vilna
1 min 56 sec
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The First “Yung Vilne”: Prof. Harshav Remembers Growing Up with the Weinreichs
1 min 48 sec
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Benjamin Harshav, z"l, Remembers Collecting Folklore in the Market in Vilna
2 min 52 sec
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How Our Vilna School Assignments were Accidentally Saved Through WWII by the Nazis
1 min 49 sec
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We Went Right When Everyone Went Left: Benjamin Harshav and Family Escape Death During WWII
4 min 9 sec
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