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.
A New Generation of Yiddish Theater in Israel
Anabella, Yiddish actress, explains how fifty years ago, it was said that Israeli Yiddish theater was only full of older actors. Anabella now sees new generations of young Israelis entering the Yiddish theater scene all the time.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Anabella.
This excerpt is in Yiddish.
Anabella was born in Czernowitz. Anabella, z"l, died in 2019.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
A New Generation of Yiddish Theater in Israel3 minutes 33 seconds
The Picture of Mary: A Jewish Child in Bucharest Kindergartens1 minute 50 seconds
Anabella Recites an Excerpt of the Beys-oylem (Cemetery) Scene from The Dybbuk from Memory2 minutes 13 seconds
Accidental Yiddish in the Streets: Memories of Growing Up Jewish in Bucharest1 minute 9 seconds
Growing up Among Sholem Aleichem-esque Characters in Bucharest1 minute 6 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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