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.
Chaim Grade and His (Remembered) City Vilna
David (Dovid) Fishman, scholar of Eastern European Jewish history, reflects on how Yiddish writer and personal friend Chaim Grade spent most of his writing career writing about Vilna (now Vilnius, Lithuania), a city he never visited after fleeing it during World War Two.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with David (Dovid) Fishman.
This excerpt is in Yiddish.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Chaim Grade and His (Remembered) City Vilna2 minutes 42 seconds
The Address For Yiddish Writers in Philadelphia1 minute 11 seconds
The Yiddish World of 1960s New York2 minutes 18 seconds
Dovid Fishman Remembers Yiddish Scholar Yudl Mark3 minutes 10 seconds
My Aunt, Leftist Yiddish Poet, Rokhl Fishman2 minutes 43 seconds
Yiddish Writer Chaim Grade's Appearance and Personality3 minutes 41 seconds
More Optimism in Eastern Europe than the United States, Maybe: Dovid Fishman on the Role of Yiddish5 minutes 52 seconds
"A Book Is Not an Object, It's a Living Thing": Chaim Grade's Relationship to His Library2 minutes 4 seconds
"You Could Buy the New York Times in Yiddish": A Yiddish Speaking Micro-Community on Bainbridge Ave.2 minutes 43 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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