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 Writer At Work: Sholem Aleichem's Habits
Bel Kaufman, z"l, granddaughter of Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem and author of award-winning novels, shares her memories of her grandfather at work and describes how he used to write while standing up and looking into the distance as if listening to his characters.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Bel Kaufman.
This excerpt is in English.
Bel Kaufman was born in Berlin, Germany in 1911. Bel died in 2014.
This interview is part of the Beyond the Books: Yiddish writers and their descendants series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
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