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.
They Have to Know We Don't Have Horns: Living in a Not-Very-Jewish Neighborhood
Rena Trefman Cobrinik, writer and educator, discusses neighbors and anti-Semitism. She reminisces about meeting people who still believe Jews have horns, and stories she'd been told by Jewish friends.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Rena Trefman Cobrinik.
This excerpt is in English.
Rena Trefman Cobrinik was born in 1933 in Bronx, New York.
Other video highlights from this oral history
They Have to Know We Don't Have Horns: Living in a Not-Very-Jewish Neighborhood1 minute 41 seconds
"Emotionally, It Has Never Left Me": Impact of the Holocaust3 minutes 24 seconds
Dancing in the Streets: Celebrating the Founding of the State of Israel1 minute 16 seconds
Kvelling Over the Kinder's Yiddish2 minutes 36 seconds
"Right-On-The-Nose Kind of Language": Yiddish Being Used in Major English Newspapers1 minute 19 seconds
What's a Mentsch?: Transmitting Jewish Values through A Yiddish Word1 minute 40 seconds
Yiddishe Shule, Not Hebrew School1 minute 46 seconds
Memories of Yiddish LIterature and Song at Shule1 minute 31 seconds
Language-Learning Through Song2 minutes 16 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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