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.
Discovering Jewish Roots on Mother's Side
Uwe von Seltmann, German author and journalist, describes his accidental discovery that his mother's family was originally Jewish.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Uwe von Seltmann.
This excerpt is in English.
Uwe von Seltmann was born in Musen, Germany in 1964.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Connecting to the Old Testament: Reading an Illustrated Bible from the 19th Century with My Great-Grandmother
1 min 39 sec
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Hasidic Jew at the Western Wall Being Disappointed that Uwe Wasn't Jewish
1 min 54 sec
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Evolution of Kazimierz and Discrepancies Between History and Current Neighborhood
4 min 27 sec
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Advice to Younger Generations: Learn from the Past to Create the Future, Make Love Not War
3 min 11 sec
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Surprising Discovery of Jewish Roots in My Nazi Grandfather’s Side of the Family
2 min 38 sec
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