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.

My Career as Yiddish-Speaking Actress in Poland and Israel

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  • Lea Szlanger, a Yiddish actress born in Poland, describes the beginning and development of her career as a professional actress—including Yiddish theater greats such as Shimon Dzigan and Joseph Buloff—from the Warsaw Jewish Theater in Poland, and eventually on the Hebrew-language stage and screen in Israel.

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 series.

About the Wexler Oral History Project

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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.

Tell Us Your Story

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Do you (or someone you know) have stories to share about the importance of Yiddish language and culture in your life?