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

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  • 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 English and Yiddish.

About the Wexler Oral History Project

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Since 2010, the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project has recorded more than 500 in-depth video interviews that provide a deeper understanding of the Jewish experience and the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture.

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