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.
Ashkenazi Jewish Immigrant Life in Mexico City in the 1920s and '30s
Jaya Torenberg—the former director of the Colegio Israelita de Mexico, a Yiddish school founded in 1924 in Mexico City—describes immigrant life in downtown Mexico City for Ashkenazi Jews in the 1920s and '30s.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Jaya Elena Torenberg.
This excerpt is in Yiddish.
Jaya Elena Torenberg was born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1930.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Ashkenazi Jewish Immigrant Life in Mexico City in the 1920s and '30s1 minute 18 seconds
Jaya Torenberg on the Role of Jewish Food in Her Life1 minute 22 seconds
My Husband's Communist Jewish Family1 minute 52 seconds
Professor Abraham Golomb, an Influential Educator in Mexico City1 minute 55 seconds
Jaya Torenberg talks about her husband's family's stories.2 minutes 16 seconds
The Foundation of the Ashkenazi Jewish Secular School System in Mexico4 minutes 7 seconds
Class Structure among Early Ashkenazi Jewish Immigrants in Mexico City's Centro54 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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