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.
A New Look at my Home Town, Birobidzhan, the Jewish Autonomous Oblast
Ber Kotlerman, native Yiddish speaker from Birobidzhan and professor of Yiddish language and literature at Bar-Ilan University, speaks about an encounter with a native Yiddish speaker in the Birobidzhan area.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Ber Kotlerman.
This excerpt is in Yiddish.
Ber Kotlerman was born in Irkustk, Siberia, Russia in 1971.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
A New Look at my Home Town, Birobidzhan, the Jewish Autonomous Oblast3 minutes 4 seconds
Discovering Hebrew in Moscow3 minutes 56 seconds
"A Spirit I'm Not Sure Exists Anywhere Else": Working with the Yiddish Writers' Union in Tel Aviv3 minutes 39 seconds
"An Entirely Different World": First Impressions Upon Arriving in Israel from Moscow1 minute 55 seconds
The Academic World and the Haredim: A Future for Yiddish2 minutes 50 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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