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.
My Grandparents Samuel B. and Fannie Grossman: Pioneers of Yiddish Theater
Rick Grossman, actor and part of a Yiddish theater family, describes his grandparents, Samuel B. and Fannie Grossman, as pioneers of Yiddish Theater because they moved on from the "Meccas" of theater, New York and Philadelphia, to find Jewish audiences elsewhere on the East Coast of the United States.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Rick Grossman.
This excerpt is in English.
Rick Grossman was born in New York, New York in 1948.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
My Grandparents Samuel B. and Fannie Grossman: Pioneers of Yiddish Theater3 minutes 59 seconds
An Early Career in Yiddish Theater: Rick Grossman Reflects3 minutes 17 seconds
How Yiddish theater Has Come Full Circle3 minutes 58 seconds
How My Grandparents, Samuel B. and Fannie Grossman, Came to Love the Yiddish Theater2 minutes 1 second
Rick Grossman Remembers His Early Performances in Yiddish Theater3 minutes 30 seconds
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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