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.
Yiddish For Secrets?
Ted Steinberg, Distinguished Teaching Professor at SUNY Fredonia, explains that his parents didn't use Yiddish or any foreign language to tell secrets, but recounts that his wife was often made to serve as translator for her friends, whose parents did just that!
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Theodore (Ted) Steinberg.
This excerpt is in English.
Theodore (Ted) Steinberg was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1947.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Yiddish For Secrets?1 minute 4 seconds
Mendele and the Explosion of the Yiddish Literature1 minute 49 seconds
Yiddish LIterature as Part of Larger Western Tradition1 minute 33 seconds
Teaching, Delighting, and Doing the Right Thing: On Literature2 minutes 41 seconds
An Auspicious Friendship1 minute 55 seconds
Yiddish Literature Excluded From Anthologies1 minute 29 seconds
"Whatever Yiddish You Can Learn, Learn It"1 minute 20 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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