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.

Malka Heifetz Tussman, Yiddish Poet, My Mentor and Friend

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  • Kathryn Hellerstein, Associate Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures at University of Pennsylvania, discusses her relationship with the older Yiddish poet Malka Heifetz Tussman, who served as tutor and mentor to Hellerstein while she was learning Yiddish.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Kathryn Hellerstein.

This excerpt is in English.

About the Wexler Oral History Project

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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.

Tell Us Your Story

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Do you (or someone you know) have stories to share about the importance of Yiddish language and culture in your life?