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.
Father's Childhood Stories From Tishevitz, Poland
David Shtern, son of Yiddish writer Sholem Shtern, shares stories of his father's childhood in Tishevitz, Poland, including stealing potatoes from a neighboring farm, losing his brother in World War I, and hearing Trotsky announce that there was no antisemitism in the Soviet Union.
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
"He Inevitably Had A Rolled-Up Newspaper In The Pockets Of HIs Suits": Father's Physical Appearance
2 min 20 sec
Slide 9 of 11
"Our Parents Worried About The Fate Of The World": Growing Up With Immigrant Parents
2 min 42 sec
Slide 1 of 11
"He Put Himself Forward": Stories of Father, Sholem Shtern, Talking to Strangers and Promoting His Own Work
2 min 26 sec
Slide 6 of 11
My Father's (Sholem Shtern) Funeral and The Inconvenient Location of His Grave
1 min 58 sec
Slide 7 of 11