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.

Cross-generational Inspirations: Copying Each Other's Paintings in the Halpern Family

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  • Isaac Ying Halpern, son of Yiddish poet Moyshe-Leyb Halpern, explains the common practice within his family of artists to copy work between generations. For instance, he exemplifies a painting on a pillow case Moyshe-Leyb Halpern created by copying Isaac's childhood drawings. Isaac shows us his own rendition of this exercise using the work of his daughter.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Isaac (Ying) Halpern.

This excerpt is in English.

This interview is part of the series.

Other video highlights from this oral history

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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