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.

Couldn't Speak Love to a Child in a Language Other than Yiddish

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Elliotte (Elye) Palevsky – former CEO of River Garden senior services and child of Yiddish-speaking former partisan fighters – explains that he raised his son in Yiddish because Yiddish is the language of nurturing to him. This also allowed his son to have a stronger relationship with his grandparents.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Elliott (Elye) Palevsky.

This excerpt is in English.

Elliott (Elye) Palevsky was born in Bronx, New York in 1947.