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 Grandfather's Best Joke
Fyvush Finkel, z"l — comedian, actor, and singer — tells how he inherited his grandfather's sense of humor and recalls his grandfather's best joke.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Fyvush Finkel.
This excerpt is in Yiddish.
Fyvush Finkel was born in 1922 in Brooklyn, New York. Fyvush, z"l, died in 2016.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
My Grandfather's Best Joke3 minutes 15 seconds
"Now there was an actor!" - Fyvush Finkel on Yiddish comic actor Ludwig Satz54 seconds
"For Tragedy, for Comedy, for Everything": Fyvush Finkel on the Yiddish Language1 minute 13 seconds
Ikh Bin a "Boarder" bay Mayn Vayb: Fyvush Finkel1 minute 41 seconds
Fyvush Finkel Remembers the Yiddish Theaters in Brownsville, Brooklyn1 minute 3 seconds
"Overnight, My Name Became Known": Breaking into the Hebrew Actors' Union4 minutes 57 seconds
A Great Institution: Fyvush Finkel on Yiddish Theater2 minutes 21 seconds
More information about this oral history excerpt
Themes in this oral history excerpt:
- Fayvush Finkel
- Family history, stories about ancestors
- Jewish education
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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