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.

A Tradition of Father-Son (Recycled) Art in the Halpern Family

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  • Isaac (Ying) Halpern, son of Yiddish poet Moyshe-Leyb Halpern, describes the way an artistic impulse is passed down through his family. In particular, he describes being inspired by his father as well as his children, and how the desire to reuse discarded materials is present in each of their works despite different motivations.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Isaac (Ying) Halpern.

This excerpt is in English.

This interview is part of the series.

Other video highlights from this oral history

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.

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