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.

Elementary Knowledge of Yiddish from Grandmother’s “German” Vocabulary

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Gabriela von Seltmann, Polish artist who explores issues of memory and identity, describes her elementary understanding of Yiddish, and discusses the fact that she did not know that some of the words that her grandmother used were Yiddish.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Gabriela von Seltmann.

This excerpt is in English and Yiddish.