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.

Growing Up With a Famous Mother

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Selwyn Freed, son of Yiddish theater actors Celia Adler and Lazar Freed, describes the experience of growing up as Celia Adler's son, and being simultaneously aware of her incredible talent and the fact that she was not as well known outside of Jewish circles.

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.