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 Don't Like it but...": Coming Out to My Grandmother
Nina Dabek, filmmaker and Yiddishist, recounts her experience of coming out to her grandmother and her grandmother's surprising explanation follow her statement of "I don't like it, but I completely understand it."
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Nina Dabek.
This excerpt is in English.
Nina Dabek was born in New York, New York in 1956.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
"I Don't Like it but...": Coming Out to My Grandmother1 minute 26 seconds
"They're All Intertwined": Jewish, Lesbian, Yiddishist, and Northampton resident Identities1 minute 51 seconds
Searching for the Contact: A Documentary Film About Connecting to My Grandmother Through Yiddish1 minute 14 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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