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.
Throwing My Mother's Yiddish Writing Down the Incinerator as a Child
Goldie Morgentaler, daughter of Yiddish writer Chava Rosenfarb, describes the experience of having a writer as a mother, including wanting more attention from her and throwing her writing down the incinerator out of frustration.
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 series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
"They Had No Sense That It Was a Language": American Jews' Dismissive Attitude Towards Yiddish
2 min 45 sec
Slide 7 of 14
Chava Rosenfarb's Talent for Painting, Murals, Sculpture, and Tapestry-Making
2 min 6 sec
Slide 10 of 14
Chava Rosenfarb's Recreation of Her First Poems, Originally Destroyed by Nazis
3 min 56 sec
Slide 9 of 14
Getting to Know a New Side of My Mother, Chava Rosenfarb, Through Translating Her Works
5 min 10 sec
Slide 2 of 14