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.

Itzhak Luden, z"l Sings Songs from the Medem Sanatorium

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  • Itzhak Luden, z"l – editor of Lebns-Fragn (Yiddish Bundist journal) – sings some of the parody songs written by children about the Medem Sanatorium, an educational institution for children at risk of tuberculosis run by the Yiddish secular school system in the interwar period. See the book he's reading from: https://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/collections/yiddish-books/spb-nybc200102/kazdan-hayyim-solomon-medem-sanatorye-bukh

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Itzhak Luden.

This excerpt is in Yiddish.

Itzhak Luden was born in Poland. Itzhak, z"l, died in 2017.

This interview is part of the series.

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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