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.

Seeing Celia Adler Perform

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Selwyn Freed, son of Yiddish theater actors Celia Adler and Lazar Freed, discusses the experience of seeing his mother on stage, and describes seeing her signal to him in the audience.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Selwyn (Zelig) Freed.

This excerpt is in English.

Selwyn (Zelig) Freed was born in Odessa in 1917. Selwyn (Zelig) died in 2016.