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 Vaudeville Thing Was Translated Down to Us: Descendants of Jewish Actors

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Minna Barrett, psychology professor and granddaughter of Yiddish actor David Baratz, remembers meeting Borscht Belt comedians as a child and how their humor helped shape her identity.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Minna Barrett.

This excerpt is in English.