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.

"How Did I Get to Yiddish? I Got Really Mad At Ezra Pound"

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  • Kathryn Hellerstein, Associate Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures at University of Pennsylvania, speaks about her journey as a poet and how the urge to spite Ezra Pound prompted her to start reading, translating and teaching Yiddish poetry.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Kathryn Hellerstein.

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?