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 Observant Grandparents' Reactions to Their Daughter Becoming An Atheist Bundist
Goldie Morgentaler, daughter of Yiddish writer Chava Rosenfarb, describes the reaction of her religious great-grandparents upon learning that their daughter, Chava Rosenfarb's mother, had become an atheist and a Bundist. She tells the story of Chava's grandfather hitting her mother so hard with a stick that the hair on that part of her head never grew back.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Goldie Morgentaler.
This excerpt is in Yiddish and 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
Slide 14 of 15
"They Had No Sense That It Was a Language": American Jews' Dismissive Attitude Towards Yiddish
2 min 45 sec
Slide 4 of 15
Chava Rosenfarb's Talent for Painting, Murals, Sculpture, and Tapestry-Making
2 min 6 sec
Slide 7 of 15