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
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.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
"That Brought Down the House": A Yiddish Theater Goof1 minute 20 seconds
"His Voice was Louder than the Actors": My Uncle was a Prompter in the Detroit Yiddish Theater1 minute 18 seconds
"An Old Guy From Kentucky": An American Yiddish Song1 minute 7 seconds
Yiddish Songs about Non-Jews1 minute 56 seconds
Learning German with a Yiddish Background3 minutes 41 seconds
Songs from My Uncle, A Yiddish Theater Prompter2 minutes 36 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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