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.
My Father Sholem Shtern's Writing Places, Style, and Philosophy
David Shtern, son of Yiddish writer Sholem Shtern, describes the mess of papers that was always scattered around his parents' house, and discusses his father's writing spots as well as his father's belief that writers should never be secluded and should instead enrich their writing by going out into society and observing people.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with David Shtern.
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
My Father's (Sholem Shtern) Funeral and The Inconvenient Location of His Grave
1 min 58 sec
Slide 10 of 11
"He Inevitably Had A Rolled-Up Newspaper In The Pockets Of HIs Suits": Father's Physical Appearance
2 min 20 sec
Slide 1 of 11
"Our Parents Worried About The Fate Of The World": Growing Up With Immigrant Parents
2 min 42 sec
Slide 3 of 11