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.

Shtot Oder Shtok?: Dialects & Interpreting for Hasidim on Phone Help Lines

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Hershl Hartman, native Yiddish speaker and educational director at the Sholem Community in California, recounts an anecdote about his time working as a telephone interpreter.

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.