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 Gan-eyden (Garden of Eden) in the Borscht Belt: Bungalow Colonies in the Catskills
Anita Garlick, YBC zamler in Sullivan County, discusses the history of the Jewish bungalow colonies in the Catskills and describes the unique phenomenon.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Anita Garlick.
This excerpt is in English.
Other video highlights from this oral history
A Gan-eyden (Garden of Eden) in the Borscht Belt: Bungalow Colonies in the Catskills4 minutes 1 second
Hearing Yiddish Music in Grandparents' Home2 minutes 15 seconds
Reading Newspapers to Her Grandmother1 minute 47 seconds
Carp, Cholent, and Chicken Soup: My Grandmother's Cooking2 minutes 10 seconds
Growing Up During the Great Depression1 minute 53 seconds
A Family of Talmudic Scholars: My Father's Shtetl Background, and His Reason for Coming to America1 minute 20 seconds
Bargaining for Dresses and Visiting the Shochet: Shopping with My Bubbe on Belmont Avenue2 minutes 30 seconds
Living Above a Funeral Home in Monticello, NY4 minutes 11 seconds
An Anti-Semitic Experience as a Child in Queens1 minute 47 seconds
"Yiddish Is the Language of Love": Relationship to Yiddish Through Grandparents1 minute 23 seconds
My Experiences as a Zamler in Sullivan County, and How Aaron Lansky Inspired Me2 minutes 54 seconds
Seltzer was the Jewish Champagne: Growing Up in Brownsville, Brooklyn2 minutes 9 seconds
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Since 2010, the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project has recorded more than 500 in-depth video interviews that provide a deeper understanding of the Jewish experience and the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture.
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