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.

Reflections on Language and (Jewish) Peoplehood

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Alana Fichman, Steiner Summer Yiddish Program student, talks about the significance of language in the development of group identities and how Jewish languages in particular reflect a long and diverse history of interactions between the Jewish people and their neighbors in the Diaspora.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Alana Fichman.

This excerpt is in English.

Alana Fichman was born in Santa Rosa, California in 1991.