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 First Post-War Screening of "The Dybbuk"
Kathryn Hellerstein, Associate Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures at University of Pennsylvania, reflects upon her experiences at YIVO in 1977 and shares a story about attending a screening of "The Dybbuk" with two of its original actors -- the only two of whom did not perish in the Holocaust.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Kathryn Hellerstein.
This excerpt is in English and Yiddish.
Kathryn Hellerstein was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1952.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
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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