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
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.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Sholem Asch's Yiddish Dialect1 minute 51 seconds
Secularizing Jewish Holidays2 minutes 53 seconds
"My Mother Was a Bolshevik": Politics in My Yiddish-Speaking Home1 minute 16 seconds
Lessons From Working with Holocaust Survivors2 minutes 28 seconds
Hitler-Stalin Pact and Changing Perceptions of Russia4 minutes 59 seconds
Teaching Yiddish Appreciation Through Music1 minute 3 seconds
"Off-Broadway," A Phrase Courtesy of the Yiddish Theater2 minutes 43 seconds
Shtot Oder Shtok?: Dialects & Interpreting for Hasidim on Phone Help Lines1 minute 54 seconds
Drafting a Communist10 minutes 49 seconds
The Language of Fighters1 minute 15 seconds
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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.
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