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.

A Career Yiddish Actress on The Current State of Yiddish Cultural Production in Israel

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  • Shura Grinhoyz-Turkow—Yiddish actress and activist born in Bialystok, now living in Israel—reflects on the state of Yiddish theater in Israel, the future of Yiddish art, and how the Yiddish world is generally "shlepping along."

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 series.

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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