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.
Jewish Boyhood in Rural Wales: My Grandfather's Story
Merlin Shepherd, klezmer musician and instructor, discusses his grandfather's experiences growing up in a tiny Protestant farming village in rural Wales
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Merlin Shepherd.
This excerpt is in English.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Jewish Boyhood in Rural Wales: My Grandfather's Story0 seconds
Playing Klezmer not "Kletzmer" in Germany0 seconds
Becoming a Clarinetist0 seconds
My Best Teachers were Recordings: Discovering Klezmer and Finding My Sound0 seconds
"There Was Always a Flavor, Without Being Dogmatic": Growing Up in a Secular Jewish Home0 seconds
The British Klezmer Scene0 seconds
"My Grandparents Would Speak in Fluent Yiddish When They Didn't Want Us to Understand"0 seconds
"All Gigs Are the Same": Channeling Healing Energy Through My Music0 seconds
About the Wexler Oral History Project
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.
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