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.
Sholem Asch's House in Bat Yam
Shura Grinhoyz-Turkow—Yiddish actress and activist born in Bialystok, now living in Israel—explains the history of Yiddish writer Sholem Asch's house in Bat Yam where her husband and then she worked, ending with a description of the state of affairs as of 2014.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Shura Grinhoyz-Turkow.
This excerpt is in Yiddish.
Shura Grinhoyz-Turkow was born in Bialystok, Poland in 1925. Shura, z"l, died in 2020.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Sholem Asch's House in Bat Yam4 minutes 44 seconds
My Mother Married an Actor and My Grandparents Didn't Approve1 minute 20 seconds
Multilingual and Full of Actors: Shura Grinhoyz-Turkow Remembers Her Childhood Home58 seconds
Memories of A Great Yiddish Theater in Bialystok1 minute 11 seconds
Bialystock Was a Jewish City: Memories from the Interwar and Immediate Post-War Periods2 minutes 3 seconds
Jews Always Find Ways to be Creative: Rebuilding Life in Lower Silesia Post-WW23 minutes 53 seconds
It Started On Stage: My Great Love with Yiddish Actor, Itzhak Turkow59 seconds
I Cried the Entire Time: A Successful Yiddish Actress's First Year in Israel1 minute 38 seconds
Ida Kaminska and Yiddish Theater in Post-War Warsaw1 minute 35 seconds
I Played in Yoshe Kalb with Maurice Schwartz1 minute 45 seconds
He Made the Difficult Switch from Yiddish to Hebrew: Zygmunt Turkow's Theater Career1 minute 17 seconds
A Career Yiddish Actress on The Current State of Yiddish Cultural Production in Israel2 minutes
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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