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.

"A Tool To Formulate Their Longing": East German Use of Yiddish as Resistance to Atomic Warfare

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Jalda Rebling—Renewal Cantor and Yiddish performer—recalls how Germans used Yiddish as a symbol of protest, identifying it as a language of the underdog.

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.