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.
Following (and Not) in Solomon Simon's Footsteps
David Simon, son of Yiddish author and Jewish educator Solomon Simon, recounts the efforts his father put in to making sure David was the "next great Jewish-American writer".
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
'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
Slide 3 of 8
No Butter with Meat, But Bacon in a Sandwich: The Paradox of Solomon Simon's Secular Jewish Eating
1 min 20 sec
Slide 4 of 8