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.
Isaac Bashevis Singer's Writings Opened Up a Whole World
Jan Schwarz, Associate Professor in Yiddish at Lund University, speaks about the role that the writings of Isaac Bashevis Singer played in nourishing his connection to Yiddish literature. Schwarz was shocked to find that the worlds opened up by I.B. Singer were not only fascinating and colorful, but relatable!
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Jan Schwarz.
This excerpt is in English.
Jan Schwarz was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1954.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Isaac Bashevis Singer's Writings Opened Up a Whole World1 minute 55 seconds
"We need maintenance of the Yiddish cultural infrastructure"3 minutes 2 seconds
Yiddish Speakers and Yiddish Culture in Post-War Sweden3 minutes 42 seconds
Life Writing as a Way to Process Displacement and Trauma: Jan Schwarz on Yiddish Autobiography4 minutes 36 seconds
"It Was Like You Entered the Old World": YIVO3 minutes 15 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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