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.
On Feeling Different and Developing A Jewish Identity
Polina Markovna Shepherd, Yiddish performer, composer, and choir leader, describes feeling different and marginalized and discusses the development of her Jewish identity at the age of 16, including her introduction to the klezmer music scene in Kazan.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Polina Markovna Shepherd.
This excerpt is in English.
Polina Markovna Shepherd was born in Tomsk, USSR.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
"They Hadn't Heard Anything About Yiddish or Klezmer": Bringing my Music to Iceland
1 min 53 sec
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Teaching Nigunim in the Fields of Ukraine: Performances at a Ukrainian Music Festival
1 min 50 sec
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Childhood Stories from her Father: Escaping Kyiv and Experiences in Siberia
2 min 33 sec
Slide 6 of 12