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.

The Story Behind Solomon Simon's 'Vortslen'

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David Simon, son of Yiddish author and Jewish educator Solomon Simon, describes a part of his father's childhood that appears in Solomon Simon's autobiography, and how the circumstances shaped his father's character.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with David Simon.

This excerpt is in English.

David Simon was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1924. David died in 2019.