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.
Childhood Home and Growing Up in a Community of Survivors
Ellen Perecman, founder and producing artistic director of the New Worlds Theatre Project, describes her childhood home and neighborhood, and remembers thinking that everyone spoke Yiddish and was a Holocaust survivor, because those were the families that she grew up around.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Ellen Perecman.
This excerpt is in English.
Ellen Perecman was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1953.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
People’s Baffled Reactions to Serious Yiddish Plays through the New Worlds Theatre Project
2 min 55 sec
Slide 2 of 5