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.
The Challenges of Teaching Yiddish Music
Polina Markovna Shepherd, Yiddish performer, composer, and choir leader, describes the challenges of teaching Yiddish music and the role of the Holocaust in people's disinclination to learn and maintain Yiddish culture and music.
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
Childhood Stories from her Father: Escaping Kyiv and Experiences in Siberia
2 min 33 sec
Slide 11 of 12
On Teaching and Sharing Yiddish Music and Perceiving Herself as an Activist
2 min 38 sec
Slide 4 of 12
"They Hadn't Heard Anything About Yiddish or Klezmer": Bringing my Music to Iceland
1 min 53 sec
Slide 8 of 12