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
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 Beyond the Books: Yiddish writers and their descendants series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
He Called Himself the First Yiddish Modernist: A Description of Melech Ravitch2 minutes 32 seconds
"I Saw Her as Beautiful, I Guess Everyone Else Saw Her as Interesting": A Description of Ida Maze2 minutes 53 seconds
"My Mother Never Really Left Europe": Yiddish Poet Ida Maze's Childhood Memories1 minute 4 seconds
Ida Maze: The "Den Mother" of Yiddish Montreal14 minutes 30 seconds
Ida Maze's Writing: Strong Sincerity and Moments of Powerful Feeling3 minutes 33 seconds
"She Wasn't Allowed To Go to Kheyder - She Listened from Behind the Door": Yiddish Poet Ida Maze's Early Education1 minute 4 seconds
Remembering Anti-Semitism in Montreal and Nazi Germany2 minutes 53 seconds
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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