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.
Where? Why? What Does it Mean?: The Depth of Itzik Manger's Poetry
Jack Wolofsky, co-founder of KlezKanada, reflects on Yiddish poet Itzik Manger, and what his writing reveals about the Jewish psyche.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Jack Wolofsky.
This excerpt is in English and Yiddish.
Jack Wolofsky was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1931.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Where? Why? What Does it Mean?: The Depth of Itzik Manger's Poetry4 minutes 39 seconds
The Keneder Adler and Imperial Tobacco2 minutes 38 seconds
Rediscovering the Story of a Drowned Aunt8 minutes 5 seconds
Mischief at the Keneder Adler (Canadian Eagle) Yiddish Newspaper3 minutes 49 seconds
"In der Heym": Home Was Still Russia to My Grandparents After They Moved to Montreal5 minutes 36 seconds
"Before Wolosfky, a Settlement; After Wolofsky, a Community": My Grandfather Founded The Keneder Adler (Canadian Eagle), Montreal's Yiddish Newspaper5 minutes 48 seconds
Singing Yiddish Folks Lider (Folk Songs) at Home1 minute 21 seconds
The Strike: Students Organizing Against Anti-Semitism in Montreal4 minutes 37 seconds
The First Jewish Army in Two Thousand Years2 minutes 34 seconds
The Birth of KlezKanada3 minutes 26 seconds
Authors at the Office of the Keneder Adler (Canadian Eagle) Yiddish Newspaper3 minutes 28 seconds
Speak From Your Roots: On Culture, Heritage, and Making Life Meaningful4 minutes 43 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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