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.
Eating Jewishly in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic
Marina Vaysberg, reference librarian at the College of Saint Rose, remembers her grandmother's cooking and discusses how teaching her granddaughter to prepare Jewish foods was one of the ways in which she transmitted Jewish culture in the officially secular Soviet Union.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Marina Vaysberg.
This excerpt is in English.
Marina Vaysberg was born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1962.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Eating Jewishly in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic2 minutes 57 seconds
Growing Up in Kiev's Besarabka Neighborhood2 minutes 35 seconds
He Believed in Revolution: My Grandfather, the Communist Party Leader2 minutes 27 seconds
The Reopening of Kiev's Podil Synagogue2 minutes 7 seconds
My Family's First Attempt to Emigrate From Russia2 minutes 52 seconds
Through the Iron Curtain: How My Family in Israel and America Reached Out to Us1 minute 57 seconds
Flying Souls: My Grandparents' Legacy1 minute 46 seconds
The Endless Room: My Early Memories Of Being Raised By My Grandparents4 minutes 59 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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