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.
"On Stage She Was a Powerful Woman": The Internal Struggle of Renowned Yiddish performer Lin Jaldati
Jalda Rebling—Renewal Cantor and Yiddish performer—remembers how her mother, Lin Jaldati, was a role model for Yiddish revival outwardly as a performer but suffered as a Holocaust survivor, and how that struggle influenced her own Jewish identity as a child.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Jalda Rebling.
This excerpt is in English.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
"I Found the Light in the Darkness of Being a Jew": Spiritual Awakening in Upstate New York
2 min 49 sec
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"I'm not part of the whole Klezmer business": The Generational Divide in Yiddish Music and the Preservation of Culture at the Yiddish Book Center
3 min 24 sec
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"It was a Combination of Yiddish Dances, Music and Song": The Start of Renowned Yiddish Performer Lin Jaldati's Career in a Self-Started Performance Program in 1930s Berlin
2 min 48 sec
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"They Gave Illegal House Concerts": Life of a Jewish Artist in the Underground in the Netherlands During Nazi Occupation
1 min 29 sec
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"My Mom was Singing Yiddish Song in the Concentration Camp": Lin Jaldati's Yiddish Songs
2 min 35 sec
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"It's Very Difficult to Explain to People Who Don't Know": Jalda Rebling on Jewish Identity
2 min 21 sec
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"A Tool To Formulate Their Longing": East German Use of Yiddish as Resistance to Atomic Warfare
2 min 25 sec
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