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

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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.