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.
Reflections on Ruth Wisse, "Doktormama" and My Introduction to Yiddish
Miriam Udel, assistant professor of German Studies and Jewish Studies at Emory University, speaks about the monumental role that Ruth Wisse played in her doctoral work on secularization and modernity in literature and her Yiddish studies as a whole.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Miriam Udel.
This excerpt is in English and Yiddish.
Miriam Udel was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts in 1976.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
“I Have to Tell You, Your Yiddish is Very Strange”: Speaking Yiddish with Hadism
3 min 20 sec
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"Find the parts that really do resonate with you, and then pursue them”: Advice to Yiddish Students
1 min 24 sec
Slide 1 of 8