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.

My Best Teachers were Recordings: Discovering Klezmer and Finding My Sound

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  • Merlin Shepherd, klezmer musician and instructor, recalls his introduction to klezmer music off of a Naftule Brandwein recording.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Merlin Shepherd.

This excerpt is in English.

Merlin Shepherd was born in 1963 in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom.

This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.

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Themes in this oral history excerpt:

  • Merlin Shepherd
  • Naftule Brandwein
  • Music
  • Klezmer
  • Career and Professional Life
  • Jewish professions

About the Wexler Oral History Project

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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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