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.

Isaac (Ying) Halpern was born in New York, New York in 1923.

This interview is part of the Beyond the Books: Yiddish writers and their descendants series.

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