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.
Yiddish, Not Assimilation
Elliott (Elye) Palevsky – former CEO of River Garden senior services and child of Yiddish-speaking former partisan fighters – talks about how Jewish immigrants avoided complete assimilation into American society. He also talks about how the role of the Yiddish language changed over time in the United States.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Elliott (Elye) Palevsky.
This excerpt is in Yiddish and English.
Elliott (Elye) Palevsky was born in Bronx, New York in 1947.
Other video highlights from this oral history
They Were Mythological Figures-Growing Up the Child of Former Partisan Fighters
2 min 38 sec
Slide 3 of 11
An Important Moment in American Folk History: Reflection on Camp Hemshekh and Ethnic Pride Movements in the U.S.
1 min 22 sec
Slide 7 of 11