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.

"That Brought Down the House": A Yiddish Theater Goof

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Bernie Agranoff, scientist and professor at the University of Michigan, whose uncle was a Yiddish theater prompter in Detroit, remembers a story where a Yiddish theater actor, usually cast as a Hasid, made a humorous mistake during a different role.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Bernie Agranoff.

This excerpt is in English.

Bernie Agranoff was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1926.