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.
Lessons from Translating The Shopkeepers of Vilna: Distant, Vibrant Customs in Colloquial Yiddish
Paul Azaroff, Hebrew and Judaic Studies teacher and native of New York City, shares how he came back to Yiddish and highlights what he learned about Eastern European Jewish customs by co-translating the Yiddish novella by Ayzik-Meyer Dik about shopkeepers in Vilna.
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.
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Mesmerized by The Young Guard: Radical Youth for a New Generation of the Jewish People
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Traveling with Yiddish: A Language Shaped by Different Countries and Climates
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Keeping Yiddish, Learning Hebrew: Stories of Language in a Kibbutz and a Jewish Multilingual Past and Present
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