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.
"They Had No Sense That It Was a Language": American Jews' Dismissive Attitude Towards Yiddish
Goldie Morgentaler, daughter of Yiddish writer Chava Rosenfarb, describes the shock she experienced when she went to university in the United States and experienced the condescending and dismissive attitudes of her professors towards Yiddish.
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
Getting to Know a New Side of My Mother, Chava Rosenfarb, Through Translating Her Works
5 min 10 sec
Slide 2 of 14
Chava Rosenfarb's Observant Grandparents' Reactions to Their Daughter Becoming An Atheist Bundist
2 min 3 sec
Slide 3 of 14
Chava Rosenfarb's Talent for Painting, Murals, Sculpture, and Tapestry-Making
2 min 6 sec
Slide 10 of 14