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.

This interview is part of the series.

About the Wexler Oral History Project

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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.

Tell Us Your Story

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Do you (or someone you know) have stories to share about the importance of Yiddish language and culture in your life?