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.
Who is Irena Klepfisz?: Mentor, Lesbian Yiddish Poetess
Zohar Weiman-Kelman--scholar of Queer Studies, Yiddish Studies, and Jewish literature--introduces their mentor and the subject of their work Irena Klepfisz. They found Klepfisz while searching for a radical lesbian Yiddish poetess, and since she has become an inspiration for Zohar's own work.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Zohar Weiman-Kelman.
This excerpt is in English.
Zohar Weiman-Kelman was born in Jerusalem, Israel in 1982.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
"Making Babies in Other Ways": Beyond Heteronormativity, Essentialism, Survival in Transmission
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"Look Through Yiddish at the World": Advice for Those Interested in Yiddish
1 min 13 sec
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