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 Spiritual Depth of H. Leivick's "The Golem"
Motl Didner, associate artistic director of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, speaks about the appeal of H. Leivick's treatment of the classic Yiddish tale of the Golem. Leivick's version, according to Didner, portrays the Golem not as a Frankenstein-esque killing machine, but a child that longs for the love of his father, a nuance that allows for great depth and sophistication.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Motl Didner.
This excerpt is in English.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
The Spiritual Depth of H. Leivick's "The Golem"2 minutes 45 seconds
One Foot in Shushan, One in Warsaw: Reflections on Manger's Megillah5 minutes 30 seconds
Yiddish: The Missing Link in My Jewish Education2 minutes 46 seconds
The Encouraging Warmth of a Yiddish-Speaking Community1 minute 45 seconds
Yiddish Activism: Walking the Walk1 minute 22 seconds
Yiddish Theater Has Never Been One Single Thing2 minutes 24 seconds
"We Had to Forge Our Link Ourselves": A New Generation of Yiddish Theatre3 minutes 42 seconds
About the Wexler Oral History Project
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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