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 Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom in 1963.