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.

The Story Behind Yosl Bergner's Half Apple Motif

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Yosl Bergner, z”l, painter and son of Yiddish writer Melech Ravitch, tells the mischievous story behind the half apples you see in many of his paintings.

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

This excerpt is in Yiddish.

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