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.
The Chicken Farm: An Original Yiddish Song
Helena Lipstadt, a poet and garden designer, describes the sudden change in milieu her parents experienced when they moved from Europe to the United States in 1952. [Note: ORT refers to Obchestvo Remeslenogo Truda: Association for the Promotion of Skilled Trades, a non-profit global Jewish organization.]
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Helena Lipstadt.
This excerpt is in Yiddish and English.
Helena Lipstadt was born in Berlin, Germany in 1947.
This interview is part of the Beyond the Books: Yiddish writers and their descendants series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Working From Place of Minority: Reflections on Queers in the Klezmer Revival
1 min 57 sec
Slide 6 of 9
Longing for Gan-Eydn (Paradise): Reflections on Identity, Yiddish, and Poland
3 min 8 sec
Slide 7 of 9
"Making That Bridge (to Poland) Through Life Rather Than Death": Working on the Gwozdzdiec Synagogue Replica Project
5 min 32 sec
Slide 8 of 9