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.
When I First Heard My Husband, Oscar Ravina, Play Violin
Ruth Ravina – Holocaust survivor – remembers her reaction to hearing her future husband, Oscar Ravina, play the violin and what was so special about his playing.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Ruth Ravina.
This excerpt is in English and Yiddish.
Other video highlights from this oral history
When I First Heard My Husband, Oscar Ravina, Play Violin1 minute 28 seconds
Thoughts on Leonard Bernstein1 minute 59 seconds
I Traded Math Answers for Help Understanding the Teacher2 minutes 10 seconds
The Business District of Kozienice Before and During World War Two5 minutes 24 seconds
They Attacked My Grandfather on Erev Yom Kippur3 minutes 34 seconds
The School in the Kozienice Ghetto1 minute 54 seconds
About the Wexler Oral History Project
Since 2010, the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project has recorded more than 500 in-depth video interviews that provide a deeper understanding of the Jewish experience and the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture.
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