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.
Longing for Gan-Eydn (Paradise): Reflections on Identity, Yiddish, and Poland
Helena Lipstadt, a poet and garden designer, talks about the richness of Yiddish language and culture as a means of expression, and also her conflicted feelings about her Polish heritage.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Helena Lipstadt.
This excerpt is in 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
Longing for Gan-Eydn (Paradise): Reflections on Identity, Yiddish, and Poland3 minutes 8 seconds
"The Henry Kissinger of Panama:" Dr. Herschel Klepfisz3 minutes 11 seconds
The Chicken Farm: An Original Yiddish Song1 minute 26 seconds
American Jews Didn't Quite Seem Jewish: A "European" Jewish Household2 minutes 9 seconds
My Mother Had Golden Hands: Jewish-Polish Dishes at Home1 minute 35 seconds
A Very Small Basket: Limited Knowledge of My Jewish Family Background1 minute 57 seconds
A Better World: A Feeling of Empowerment of a Generation in the 1960s4 minutes 32 seconds
"I Built A House!": Remembering A Feminist Collective4 minutes 16 seconds
Working From Place of Minority: Reflections on Queers in the Klezmer Revival1 minute 57 seconds
"Making That Bridge (to Poland) Through Life Rather Than Death": Working on the Gwozdzdiec Synagogue Replica Project5 minutes 32 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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