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.
Typecast as a Yiddish Actor
Yelena Shmulenson – NY-based Yiddish actress from the Former Soviet Union – talks about being known only for her work in Yiddish theater. While finds it can be limiting, she also wants to make sure any Yiddish spoken on stage is correct and sounds authentic.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Yelena Shmulenson.
This excerpt is in Yiddish.
Yelena Shmulenson was born in Belarus.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
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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