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"
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.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.