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.
It Helped Them Find “Confidence and Consolation” In The Death Chambers: My Grandfather Eliezer Schindler’s Poetry Was Recited During the Holocaust
Miriam Oles, granddaughter of Yiddish writer Eliezer Schindler, reads her grandfather's most famous poem, "Yidish loshn," from her grandfather's book of poetry, "Yiddish un Chasidish" and reads from the book's introduction, which states that Schindler's poems were sung by Jews in concentration camps during the Holocaust.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Miriam Oles.
This excerpt is in English and Yiddish.
Miriam Oles was born in 1947 in United States.
This interview is part of the Beyond the Books: Yiddish writers and their descendants series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
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
The Unfinished Story of My Grandfather’s Letters4 minutes 58 seconds
"My mother was an Orthodox Jewish feminist way before I was"6 minutes 20 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
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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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