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.
The Importance of Theater and Music to Jewish Life in New York in the Early 20th Century
Edna Nahshon, expert of Jewish theatre and step daughter of Yiddish writer Dovid Aidelman, describes the importance of theater and music in American Jewish life.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Edna Nahshon.
This excerpt is in English.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students and Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists and Beyond the Books: Yiddish writers and their descendants series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
The Importance of Theater and Music to Jewish Life in New York in the Early 20th Century2 minutes 31 seconds
On My Step-Father, Yiddish writer Dovid Aidelman2 minutes 41 seconds
Yiddish in Israel: Historical Memory vs. Experienced Reality1 minute 51 seconds
What is the Future of Yiddish Theater?2 minutes 20 seconds
The Tension Between My Yiddish-Speaking Stepfather, Dovid Aidelman, and My German-Speaking Mother2 minutes 59 seconds
Some Memories from Tel-Aviv in the 1950s2 minutes 17 seconds
Immigration and Family History1 minute 17 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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