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.

"I Can't Tell You How Many Apartments in the Bronx I Visited": Collecting a Yiddish Library

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Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, director of the core exhibition at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, recalls her friendship with folklorist Wolf Younin -- and how he helped her amass her collection of Yiddish books.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett.

This excerpt is in English.

Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1942.