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.

Learning German with a Yiddish Background

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Bernie Agranoff, scientist and professor at the University of Michigan, whose uncle was a Yiddish theater prompter in Detroit, remembers his time living abroad in Germany, and the instances that his Yiddish vocabulary confused his knowledge of German.

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.