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.
Description of Shows in Catskills
Shirley Schachter Katz, a child singer and performer for Yiddish vaudeville, describes the vaudeville shows in the Catskills.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Shirley (Shifra) Schachter Katz [Schachter].
This excerpt is in English.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Description of Shows in Catskills1 minute 41 seconds
"Mama, Stop Your Worrying": A Yiddish Song1 minute 19 seconds
Brookside Hotel Musical Group & Learning Music with Abe Schwartz4 minutes 18 seconds
Rehearsal at the Jewish National Theater3 minutes 11 seconds
Going for Egg Cream During Show to Evade Gerry Society2 minutes 51 seconds
Learning Music as a Child2 minutes 3 seconds
WEVD and Sholom Secunda4 minutes 20 seconds
A Typical Day at the Bungalow Colonies in the Catskills2 minutes 46 seconds
Hymie and Irving Jacobson2 minutes 40 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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