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.

"What Really Spoke was the Violin": Navigating Eastern Europe

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Yale Strom, musical performer, artist, and ethnographic collector of Yiddish music, discusses his first trip to Eastern Europe. At that point he spoke only English and Yiddish and a bit of broken Polish, but he doesn't view that challenge as an insurmountable barrier.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Yale (Yitskhok) Strom.

This excerpt is in English.