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.
"A Personal Offense": A Mother Comes to Terms With the Great Depression
Jules Feiffer, Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist and writer, recalls his mother's shame and social isolation after the onset of the Great Depression, and the strife it caused in his family.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Jules Feiffer.
This excerpt is in English.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
“The Storytelling, the Attitude, the Give and Take”: The Influence of Yiddish Theater on American Culture
2 min 54 sec
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"They Invented the America They Wanted to be a Part Of": Jewish Assimilation in the Early 20th Century
2 min 37 sec
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“The Only Funny Guy Around Was Me”: Jules Feiffer on Finding His Jewish Community
2 min 14 sec
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"My Job Was Uncovering Cover Stories": A Jewish Cartoonist Searches for Truth
3 min 37 sec
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