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.
Bel Kaufman, z"l, Remembers the Passing of her Grandfather, Sholem Aleichem
Bel Kaufman, z'l, granddaugher of Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem, was a child when her grandfather passed away. She tells the story of how she found out and what her mother wrote in response to the loss.
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
Bel Kaufman, z"l, Remembers the Passing of her Grandfather, Sholem Aleichem2 minutes 2 seconds
"Imaginary Characters More Real and True than Real Characters": Describing Sholem Aleichem's Writing1 minute 1 second
Finding Humor in Grief: Sholem Aleichem's Creative Influence in his Grandchildren's Writing3 minutes 27 seconds
"Read a Merry Story and Remember Me with Laugher": On Sholem Aleichem's Yortsayt2 minutes 53 seconds
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