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.

Moyshe-Leyb Halpern's Appearance

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  • Isaac (Ying) Halpern, son of Yiddish poet Moyshe-Leyb Halpern, describes the nature of his father's appearance, through both his own memory and his father's self-portaits. Drawing from the sternness represented in his father's self-portraits, Isaac considers the inevitability of a serious face when an artist approaches all of his work with seriousness.

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.

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?