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.

The Most Important Thing About Being Jewish? "Continuity! ...and Yiddish" Says Monty Hall

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  • Monty Hall, z"l, media personality, philanthropist and original host of Let's Make a Deal, speaks about how the most important thing about being Jewish is feeling a sense of cultural continuity and historical consciousness. For Monty, keeping Yiddish alive is a method to preserving this sense of continuity.

This interview was conducted in English.

Monty Hall was born in 1921 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Monty, z"l, died in 2017.

More information about this oral history excerpt

Themes in this oral history excerpt:

  • Jewish Identity
  • Yiddish language
  • Yiddish revival and activism
  • Yiddish learning
  • Transmission
  • Roots, heritage

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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.

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