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.

A Family of Talmudic Scholars: My Father's Shtetl Background, and His Reason for Coming to America

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Anita Garlick, YBC zamler in Sullivan County, discusses her father's refusal to be a Talmud Khokhm (student of traditional Jewish religious texts) and his subsequent move to the U.S., and shares a story of the Yiddish theatre coming to her father's shtetl.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Anita Garlick.

This excerpt is in English.

Anita Garlick was born in New York, New York in 1924. Anita died in 2020.