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.

Accidental Artifacts: The Essence Yiddish Theater and Yiddish Film

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Paul Azaroff, Hebrew and Judaic Studies teacher and native of New York City, gets to the heart of his love of Yiddish theater and film. He describes his first show in the Yiddish theater as a parade of brilliant colors and artistry, and his love of Yiddish film and its accidental documentation of a distant 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.