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.

"They Went Back to Where She Came From": A Favorite Teacher and Her Library's Journey

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  • Chava Turniansky, professor emeritus of Yiddish literature at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, discusses her favorite lererke (Yiddish teacher) growing up, Shoshana, who motivated her to study Yiddish, and tells the story of how she found a place for Shoshana's many Yiddish books after she died.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Chava Turniansky.

This excerpt is in Yiddish.

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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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Do you (or someone you know) have stories to share about the importance of Yiddish language and culture in your life?