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.
Memories of A Great Yiddish Theater in Bialystok
Shura Grinhoyz-Turkow—Yiddish actress and activist born in Bialystok, now living in Israel—describes the Yiddish theater community in Bialystok before the Holocaust.
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
3 min 53 sec
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I Cried the Entire Time: A Successful Yiddish Actress's First Year in Israel
1 min 38 sec
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He Made the Difficult Switch from Yiddish to Hebrew: Zygmunt Turkow's Theater Career
1 min 17 sec
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A Career Yiddish Actress on The Current State of Yiddish Cultural Production in Israel
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