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.
Yiddish Misfits Gathered and Scattered: Reflections on the Klezmer Revival, Diaspora, and Movement
Rachel Weston, London-based singer with a particular interest in Yiddish song, reflects on the Klezmer revival as it relates to Yiddish as dichotomous to nationalism. She describes how Yiddish is opposite, alternate, and powerful in its suggestion that culture can build from a movement not from being tied to land - a concept that is foundational to the radical, mobile aspects of the Yiddish and klezmer revival.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Rachel Weston.
This excerpt is in English.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Yiddish Misfits Gathered and Scattered: Reflections on the Klezmer Revival, Diaspora, and Movement3 minutes 26 seconds
Yiddish is the Music That I Have to Give, To Learn About2 minutes 15 seconds
Songs for the Shul Klapper: Musical Parallels between Yiddish East London and Eastern Europe5 minutes 22 seconds
Childhood Memories of - and Adult Reflections on - the United Synagogue in London4 minutes 24 seconds
Song as Document: How Music Holds the Human Experience2 minutes 45 seconds
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Since 2010, the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project has recorded more than 500 in-depth video interviews that provide a deeper understanding of the Jewish experience and the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture.
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