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.

Mole Latkes: A Hybrid Eastern European-Mexican Jewish Culture

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  • Ilan Stavans, academic and writer, explains his family and community's fusion of Ashkenazi culture with Mexican culture, leading to some interesting culinary innovations.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Ilan Stavans.

This excerpt is in English.

Ilan Stavans was born in 1961 in Mexico City, Mexico.

This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.

More information about this oral history excerpt

Themes in this oral history excerpt:

  • Ilan Stavans
  • Mexico
  • Childhood
  • Family history, stories about ancestors
  • Yiddish language
  • Other languages
  • Jewish holidays
  • Channukah, Khanukah, Channuka, Khanike, Hannukah
  • Latin America
  • Food and culinary traditions
  • Roots/heritage

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.

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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?