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 Unfinished Story of My Grandfather’s Letters
Miriam Oles, granddaughter of Yiddish writer Eliezer Schindler, recounts how her parents found a massive box of letters to her grandfather that he had stored in a Munich library in the 1930s. These letters, most of whose authors -- fans, publishers, fellow Olim Movement sympathizers -- perished in the Holocaust, are mostly in Yiddish and are sitting stagnant, waiting to be read and researched!
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Miriam Oles.
This excerpt is in English.
This interview is part of the Beyond the Books: Yiddish writers and their descendants series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
The Unfinished Story of My Grandfather’s Letters4 minutes 58 seconds
It Helped Them Find “Confidence and Consolation” In The Death Chambers: My Grandfather Eliezer Schindler’s Poetry Was Recited During the Holocaust2 minutes 56 seconds
Singing Zmires (Shabbes Hymns)1 minute 13 seconds
"That feeling, that people have been doing this for thousands of years"1 minute 32 seconds
"My mother was an Orthodox Jewish feminist way before I was"6 minutes 20 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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