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 Started On Stage: My Great Love with Yiddish Actor, Itzhak Turkow
Shura Grinhoyz-Turkow—Yiddish actress and activist born in Bialystok, now living in Israel—describes love with Itzhok Turkow after meeting through theater.
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, z"l, 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
It Started On Stage: My Great Love with Yiddish Actor, Itzhak Turkow59 seconds
Jews Always Find Ways to be Creative: Rebuilding Life in Lower Silesia Post-WW23 minutes 53 seconds
Sholem Asch's House in Bat Yam4 minutes 44 seconds
I Played in Yoshe Kalb with Maurice Schwartz1 minute 45 seconds
Multilingual and Full of Actors: Shura Grinhoyz-Turkow Remembers Her Childhood Home58 seconds
Bialystock Was a Jewish City: Memories from the Interwar and Immediate Post-War Periods2 minutes 3 seconds
I Cried the Entire Time: A Successful Yiddish Actress's First Year in Israel1 minute 38 seconds
Ida Kaminska and Yiddish Theater in Post-War Warsaw1 minute 35 seconds
He Made the Difficult Switch from Yiddish to Hebrew: Zygmunt Turkow's Theater Career1 minute 17 seconds
My Mother Married an Actor and My Grandparents Didn't Approve1 minute 20 seconds
A Career Yiddish Actress on The Current State of Yiddish Cultural Production in Israel2 minutes
Memories of A Great Yiddish Theater in Bialystok1 minute 11 seconds
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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