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.

Learning Yiddish to Sing It

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Sara Klompus, singer and Yiddish enthusiast, contemplates her relationship to the songs she sings, and how she's committed to understanding them with the help of other Yiddish speakers and self-discovery throughout her career as a Yiddish singer. In particular, she notes how her relationship to a song by Sutzkever is influenced by her knowledge of her roots in Lithuania.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Sara Klompus.

This excerpt is in English.

Sara Klompus was born in Washington, D.C. in 1949.