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.
Seltzer was the Jewish Champagne: Growing Up in Brownsville, Brooklyn
Anita Garlick, YBC zamler in Sullivan County, shares memories of her childhood neighborhood, including having seltzer delivered to the house, drinking egg creams, interacting with Yiddish-speaking tradespeople, and visits from the insurance man.
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.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Bargaining for Dresses and Visiting the Shochet: Shopping with My Bubbe on Belmont Avenue
2 min 30 sec
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"Yiddish Is the Language of Love": Relationship to Yiddish Through Grandparents
1 min 23 sec
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A Family of Talmudic Scholars: My Father's Shtetl Background, and His Reason for Coming to America
1 min 20 sec
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A Gan-eyden (Garden of Eden) in the Borscht Belt: Bungalow Colonies in the Catskills
4 min 1 sec
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