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.
Sam Shane Playing Tevye
Lester Thomas Shane, son of Yiddish actor Sam Shane, remembers his father's favorite role.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Lester Thomas Shane.
This excerpt is in English.
Lester Thomas Shane was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1952.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Sam Shane Playing Tevye1 minute 15 seconds
Working with Eli Mintz3 minutes 16 seconds
Honoring the Gift of Yiddishkayt2 minutes 6 seconds
Dust Dancing in the Ghost Light: Backstage at The Dybbuk1 minute 56 seconds
Maurice Schwartz, Briefly A Cousin1 minute 46 seconds
An End-Of-Life Reconciliation on Yom Kippur3 minutes 15 seconds
"Everything Stems from The Dybbuk": Impact of the Yiddish and Theater on My Life2 minutes 45 seconds
About the Wexler Oral History Project
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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