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.

Yiddish For Secrets?

Watch now:

  • 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 Steinberg.

This excerpt is in English.

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.

Tell Us Your Story

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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?