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 Famous Sholem Aleichem
Mitchell Waife, grandson of Yiddish author and playwright Sholem Aleichem, discusses the level of fame which his grandfather achieved during his lifetime and the admiration he received from other artists, including Marc Chagall.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Mitchell Waife.
This excerpt is in English.
Mitchell Waife was born in 1923. Mitchell, z"l, died in 2015.
This interview is part of the Beyond the Books: Yiddish writers and their descendants series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
The Famous Sholem Aleichem1 minute 29 seconds
Sholem Aleichem's Romance With His Future Wife1 minute 47 seconds
“She Would Come With Her Umbrella”: My Grandmother, Olga Rabinovitz’ Fierce Commitment to Sholem Aleichem’s Legacy2 minutes 59 seconds
For The People: Sholem Aleichem Comes to America2 minutes 11 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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