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.

Humor and Poetry: Sherwin Kaufman Inspired by Grandfather Sholem Alechem when Writing

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Sherwin Kaufman, grandson of Yiddish writer Sholem Alechem, discusses how his grandfather's humor is part of his drive to write poetry. Then, he reads two limericks he wrote about his sister, Bel.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Sherwin Kaufman.

This excerpt is in English.

Sherwin Kaufman was born in Odessa, Ukraine in 1920. Sherwin died in 2019.