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.

"Everything Stems from The Dybbuk": Impact of the Yiddish and Theater on My Life

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Lester Thomas Shane, son of Yiddish actor Sam Shane, talks about Yiddish theater as the root of his identity and the process of learning Yiddish later in life.

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.