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.

One Foot in Shushan, One in Warsaw: Reflections on Manger's Megillah

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Motl Didner, associate artistic director of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, speaks about his love for Itzik Manger's "The Megillah of Itzik Manger," a play that blends the classic Purim story of the Book of Esther with the anti-semitic realities Manger faced in 1930s Eastern Europe.

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.