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.

The Spiritual Depth of H. Leivick's "The Golem"

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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.

Motl Didner was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey in 1973.