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.
Sholem Shtern's "The White House," A Novel in Verse
David Shtern, son of Yiddish writer Sholem Shtern, discusses his father's book "The White House," about his experiences in a sanitarium in Canada. He discusses the variety of characters and themes that the book explores and shares that the romantic component is a semi-autobiographical account of his parents' meeting.
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 Put Himself Forward": Stories of Father, Sholem Shtern, Talking to Strangers and Promoting His Own Work
2 min 26 sec
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My Father's (Sholem Shtern) Funeral and The Inconvenient Location of His Grave
1 min 58 sec
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"He Inevitably Had A Rolled-Up Newspaper In The Pockets Of HIs Suits": Father's Physical Appearance
2 min 20 sec
Slide 7 of 11
"Our Parents Worried About The Fate Of The World": Growing Up With Immigrant Parents
2 min 42 sec
Slide 9 of 11