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.

"You Lied! You Said You Didn't Understand English!": Being Raised in Yiddish in Melbourne

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Doodie Ringelblum, medical doctor and Yiddish activist based in Melbourne, tells a famous family story of his disillusionment when he realized his father—with whom he spoke only in Yiddish—did, in fact, understand English, too.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Doodie Ringelblum.

This excerpt is in Yiddish.

Doodie Ringelblum was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1963.