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.
Yiddish Writer Solomon Simon's Childhood Encounter with a Cossack
David Simon, son of Yiddish author and Jewish educator Solomon Simon, explains that his father only remembered people speaking Yiddish in Russia during his childhood - except for one time.
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.
This interview is part of the Beyond the Books: Yiddish writers and their descendants series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
'Every One of Them Represented a Denture or Another Tooth': Solomon Simon's Dentistry and Ideals
3 min 6 sec
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'Oyf eygene drokhim' (On My Own Narrow Path): Solomon Simon's Spiritual Autobiography
6 min 24 sec
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A “Way of Continuing As Secular Jews”: Why Solomon Simon Wrote Yiddish Stories for Children
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No Butter with Meat, But Bacon in a Sandwich: The Paradox of Solomon Simon's Secular Jewish Eating
1 min 20 sec
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