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.
Two Stubborn People: Tensions with Avrom Sutzkever Over The Spelling of My Name
Michael (Mikhel) Felzenbaum, Yiddish writer, talks about his professional relationship with the Yiddish poet Avrom Sutzkever. He tells a story of their biggest conflict (over the spelling of his name) and the phone called that resolved it not long before Sutzkever's death.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Michael (Mikhel) Felzenbaum.
This excerpt is in Yiddish.
This interview is part of the Beyond the Books: Yiddish writers and their descendants series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Amateur Yiddish "Fans" vs. Professional Yiddish Writers: Michael (Mikhel) Felzenbaum Reflects
2 min 30 sec
Slide 1 of 7
"A Velfisher Kadish (A Wolf's Kaddish)": Michael (Mikhel) Felzenbaum Reads His Poem About the Month of Av
5 min 34 sec
Slide 2 of 7
Next To the Bishop's House: Memories of Visiting My Aunt and Uncle in Czernowitz
3 min 11 sec
Slide 4 of 7