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.

Yiddish: The Missing Link in My Jewish Education

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  • Motl Didner, associate artistic director of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, speaks about how studying Yiddish and Yiddish culture served to fill in the vast gap left by his Hebrew School-influenced sense of history, which dealt with ancient Israel and then fast-forwarded to the Holocaust and the State of Israel.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Motl Didner.

This excerpt is in English.

This interview is part of the series.

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.

Tell Us Your Story

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Do you (or someone you know) have stories to share about the importance of Yiddish language and culture in your life?