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 Mother Married an Actor and My Grandparents Didn't Approve
Shura Grinhoyz-Turkow—Yiddish actress and activist born in Bialystok, now living in Israel—talks about how her mother's parents wanted her to marry a professional but she fell in love with a poor actor and was estranged from the family as a result.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Shura Grinhoyz-Turkow.
This excerpt is in Yiddish.
Shura Grinhoyz-Turkow was born in Bialystok, Poland in 1925. Shura died in 2020.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Multilingual and Full of Actors: Shura Grinhoyz-Turkow Remembers Her Childhood Home
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Bialystock Was a Jewish City: Memories from the Interwar and Immediate Post-War Periods
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Jews Always Find Ways to be Creative: Rebuilding Life in Lower Silesia Post-WW2
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I Cried the Entire Time: A Successful Yiddish Actress's First Year in Israel
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He Made the Difficult Switch from Yiddish to Hebrew: Zygmunt Turkow's Theater Career
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A Career Yiddish Actress on The Current State of Yiddish Cultural Production in Israel
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