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.

Troublemaking in the Hoyf (Courtyard): Yosl Bergner Remembers Warsaw of His Youth

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  • Yosl Bergner, z”l, painter and son of Yiddish writer Melech Ravitch, shares memories from the courtyard in which he grew up in Warsaw in the 1920s and 1930s.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Yosl Bergner.

This excerpt is in Yiddish.

Yosl Bergner was born in 1920 in Vienna, Austria. Yosl, z"l, died in 2017.

This interview is part of the Beyond the Books: Yiddish writers and their descendants and Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.

More information about this oral history excerpt

Themes in this oral history excerpt:

  • Yosl Bergner
  • Warsaw
  • Poland
  • 1920s
  • 1930s
  • hoyf
  • courtyard
  • tailor
  • bathtub
  • cats
  • Melech Ravitch
  • Childhood
  • children/grandchildren of Yiddish personalities, Beyond the Books
  • Yiddish personalities
  • Jewish community
  • Eastern Europe
  • Visual Arts
  • Yiddish speaker
  • Family history, stories about ancestors
  • Roots, heritage
  • Old Country

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.

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