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 Rejection Letter: Abe Cahan Rejected Offer To Have My Great-Great-Uncle Shmuel Niger Write For The Forverts

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  • Eli Bromberg, a former Steiner student at the Yiddish Book Center, talks about his famous ancestor, Yiddish writer Shmuel Niger, and Niger's rejection by Yiddish literary giant Abraham Cahan.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Eli Bromberg.

This excerpt is in English.

Eli Bromberg was born in 1980 in North Tarrytown, New York.

This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.

More information about this oral history excerpt

Themes in this oral history excerpt:

  • Eli Bromberg
  • Abraham Cahan
  • Shmuel Niger
  • Family history, stories about ancestors
  • Literature
  • Newspapers
  • Press
  • Yiddish personalities
  • children/grandchildren of Yiddish personalities, Beyond the Books

About the Wexler Oral History Project

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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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