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
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 Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Communist Education in Poland and Beginning to Ask Questions About Jewish Roots
4 min 33 sec
Slide 2 of 9
Positive Effects of Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow on Jewish-Polish Relations
1 min 56 sec
Slide 5 of 9