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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 Most Frightening Thing”: Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblet on Giving YIVO Keynote in Yiddish

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Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, director of the Core Exhibition at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, recalls the time she gave the keynote speech at a YIVO banquet, the significance of the talk, and the strange thing she found in her mailbox the next day.

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.