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.

As His Son, I Was Surprised to Realize Just How Well-Regarded My Father, Moyshe-Leyb Halpern, Was

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Isaac (Ying) Halpern, son of Yiddish poet Moyshe-Leyb Halpern, discusses his surprise regarding his father's recognition the the academic study of Yiddish literature. He recalls always knowing his father was recognized, but to hear the experts at top universities singing his praises was significant and unexpected.

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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