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 Grandfather's Best Joke

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  • 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.

More information about this oral history excerpt

Themes in this oral history excerpt:

  • Fayvush Finkel
  • joke
  • grandfather
  • humor
  • humour
  • Childhood
  • Family history, stories about ancestors
  • Jewish education
  • America

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.

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