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.

Description of Yiddish Theater and Actors in Philadelphia

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Selwyn Freed, son of Yiddish theater actors Celia Adler and Lazar Freed, describes the Yiddish theatre in Philadelphia and talks about the actors, who often communicated with 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.