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.

"I'm a Poet, I'm Not a Woman Poet"

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Kathryn Hellerstein, Associate Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures, tells how she became interested in Yiddish women poets through her studies with Malka Heifetz Tussman, who emphatically rejected such a label.

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.