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.

He Called Himself the First Yiddish Modernist: A Description of Melech Ravitch

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  • Irving Massey - son of Yiddish writer and organizer Ida Maze - remembers his neighbor, the modernist Yiddish writer Melech Ravitch.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Irving Joseph Massey.

This excerpt is in English and Yiddish.

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?