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.

Sholem Asch's Yiddish Dialect

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  • Hershl Hartman, native Yiddish speaker and educational director at the Sholem Community in California, recalls his first encounter with the Polish Yiddish dialect.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Hershl Hartman.

This excerpt is in Yiddish and English.

Hershl Hartman was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1929.

About the Wexler Oral History Project

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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.

Tell Us Your Story

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Do you (or someone you know) have stories to share about the importance of Yiddish language and culture in your life?