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.
Finding Humor in Grief: Sholem Aleichem's Creative Influence in his Grandchildren's Writing
Bel and Sherwin Kaufman, grandchildren of Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem, discuss their creative inheritance. The pair talk about what creative works they've produced on their own, and where their legacy of Sholem Aleichem shines through.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Sherwin Kaufman and Bel Kaufman.
This excerpt is in English.
This interview is part of the Beyond the Books: Yiddish writers and their descendants series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Finding Humor in Grief: Sholem Aleichem's Creative Influence in his Grandchildren's Writing3 minutes 27 seconds
"Imaginary Characters More Real and True than Real Characters": Describing Sholem Aleichem's Writing1 minute 1 second
Bel Kaufman, z"l, Remembers the Passing of her Grandfather, Sholem Aleichem2 minutes 2 seconds
"Read a Merry Story and Remember Me with Laugher": On Sholem Aleichem's Yortsayt2 minutes 53 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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