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.

I Thought She Was Magic: Stories of My Vegetarian, Witchy, Thrifty Bubbe

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Paul Azaroff, Hebrew and Judaic Studies teacher and native of New York City, excitedly shares magically detailed stories of his unique Bubbe: a chicken-flicker, a button saleswoman, a trash-picker, a vegetarian, and a window to another world.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Paul Azaroff.

This excerpt is in English.

Paul Azaroff was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1934.