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.
"I Speak How I Speak": Shifting Among the Dialects of Yiddish
Eleanor Reissa, singer, discusses how her years performing in Yiddish theater have caused her Yiddish to shift from her parents' Polish dialect towards the Southeastern dialect favored in performances.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Eleanor Reissa.
This excerpt is in Yiddish and English.
Eleanor Reissa was born in Brooklyn, New York.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
"Ver Iz Nishtu (Who is Not Here)": Growing Up as a Child of Holocaust Survivors
2 min 21 sec
Slide 1 of 7
"My Ego is in English, but My Heart is in Yiddish": Reflections on a Bilingual Career
2 min 57 sec
Slide 4 of 7
"It Ain't Your Bubbie's Yiddish Anymore": Eleanor Reissa Reflects on the Yiddish Artistic World Today
3 min 29 sec
Slide 5 of 7