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.

"An Entire World of Creativity": The Secular Yiddish Scene in New York in the 1960s

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Avi Hoffman, actor, recalls his childhood neighborhood around Bainbridge Avenue in the Bronx as a center of creativity and rebirth for the secular Yiddishists who made it their home after surviving the Holocaust.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Avi Hoffman.

This excerpt is in English.

Avi Hoffman was born in Bronx, New York in 1958.