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.
Chava Rosenfarb's Social Presence and Dislike of Chitchat
Goldie Morgentaler, daughter of Yiddish writer Chava Rosenfarb, describes her mother's social presence, including her dislike of chitchat, her misunderstood quietness, and her ability to make people feel heard and appreciated.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Goldie Morgentaler.
This excerpt is in English.
This interview is part of the Beyond the Books: Yiddish writers and their descendants Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Getting to Know a New Side of My Mother, Chava Rosenfarb, Through Translating Her Works
5 min 10 sec
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Chava Rosenfarb's Observant Grandparents' Reactions to Their Daughter Becoming An Atheist Bundist
2 min 3 sec
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"They Had No Sense That It Was a Language": American Jews' Dismissive Attitude Towards Yiddish
2 min 45 sec
Slide 5 of 14
Chava Rosenfarb's Talent for Painting, Murals, Sculpture, and Tapestry-Making
2 min 6 sec
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Chava Rosenfarb's Recreation of Her First Poems, Originally Destroyed by Nazis
3 min 56 sec
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