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.
"You'll Be an Engineer of Hearts": How Jakub Rotbaum Convinced Me to Become an Actress Instead of an Engineer
Lea Szlanger, a Yiddish actress born in Poland, describes how a conversation with Jakub Rotbaum—a famous Yiddish theater director, actor and painter—convinced her to go into theater instead of pursuing a career as an engineer.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Lea Szlanger.
This excerpt is in Yiddish.
Lea Szlanger was born in Kalisz, Poland.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
"You'll Be an Engineer of Hearts": How Jakub Rotbaum Convinced Me to Become an Actress Instead of an Engineer1 minute 3 seconds
Yiddish Theater in Israel2 minutes 12 seconds
Words of Advice from a Veteran Performer for Actors Coming into Yiddish Theater1 minute 35 seconds
Everything is Chance: A Survivor Offers Her Thoughts on How People Survived the Holocaust1 minute 26 seconds
Shimon Dzigan and Yisroel Schumacher As I Knew Them1 minute 41 seconds
Yiddish Theater in Israel when Yiddish was Suppressed1 minute 45 seconds
My Career as Yiddish-Speaking Actress in Poland and Israel3 minutes 41 seconds
High Heels in the Sand: A Young Actress's First Impression of Israel2 minutes 21 seconds
Fantasy with Truth: Working and Drinking Coffee All Night with Joseph Buloff2 minutes 8 seconds
A Yiddish Radio Show in Israel2 minutes 11 seconds
"A Modne Gefil" (A Strange Feeling): Visiting Warsaw in Search of Relatives After World War II2 minutes 13 seconds
Emotional Torture of Jewish Men in Bialystok by Nazi Soldiers1 minute
"It's Not Important Why": A Revived Interest in Yiddish in Israel Today2 minutes 50 seconds
Performing with Joseph Buloff in Israel3 minutes 19 seconds
"There was No One Like Her": Ida Kaminska2 minutes 29 seconds
Learning from Joseph Buloff2 minutes 11 seconds
About the Wexler Oral History Project
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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