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.
"It's Not Important Why": A Revived Interest in Yiddish in Israel Today
Lea Szlanger, a Yiddish actress born in Poland, describes the contemporary revival of Yiddish in Israeli theater and in Israel in general. Across the country, Israeli actors and actresses are studying Yiddish and performing in a number of theaters.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Lea Szlanger.
This excerpt is in Yiddish.
Lea Szlanger was born in Kalisz, Poland in 1932.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Fantasy with Truth: Working and Drinking Coffee All Night with Joseph Buloff
2 min 8 sec
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Words of Advice from a Veteran Performer for Actors Coming into Yiddish Theater
1 min 35 sec
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"A Modne Gefil" (A Strange Feeling): Visiting Warsaw in Search of Relatives After World War II
2 min 13 sec
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Everything is Chance: A Survivor Offers Her Thoughts on How People Survived the Holocaust
1 min 26 sec
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"You'll Be an Engineer of Hearts": How Jakub Rotbaum Convinced Me to Become an Actress Instead of an Engineer
1 min 3 sec
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