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.
"He Wanted Us to Become People of the World, But Not Forget Who We Are”: Bente Kahan Sings the Yiddish Song that Reminds Her Most of her Father
Bente Kahan, Jewish-Norwegian performing artist, sings a Yiddish song that reminds her of her father, and explains what about the song speaks to her.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Bente Kahan.
This excerpt is in English.
Bente Kahan was born in Oslo, Norway in 1958.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
"He Wanted Us to Become People of the World, But Not Forget Who We Are”: Bente Kahan Sings the Yiddish Song that Reminds Her Most of her Father4 minutes 40 seconds
Yiddish Songs Locked in the Closet1 minute 17 seconds
Performing Mordechai Gebirtig at Yad Vashem5 minutes 2 seconds
“How Will We Remember the Jews of Europe?”: Bente Kahan on Memory, History and the Scar of the Holocaust in Poland4 minutes 3 seconds
Bente Kahan and Jidisz far Alle3 minutes 1 second
Bente Kahan Sings Reyzele by Mordechai Gebirtig2 minutes 39 seconds
“Above the Town”: A Yiddish-Norwegian Cabaret1 minute 40 seconds
More information about this oral history excerpt
- Family histories
- Jewish Identity
- Yiddish language
- Yiddish learning
- Yiddish scene
- Yiddish speaker
- Immigration and migration
- Jewish education
- Old Country
- Cultural transmission
- Jewish community
- Bente Kahan
- yeshiva bokher
About the Wexler Oral History Project
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.
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