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.
An Opportunity to Be an Expert: Why Study Yiddish
Jessica Kirzane, specialist in American-Jewish literature, speaks about the joy of studying and researching undiscovered Yiddish authors and thinkers.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Jessica Kirzane.
This excerpt is in English.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
An Opportunity to Be an Expert: Why Study Yiddish2 minutes 39 seconds
Learning Yiddish at the Yiddish Book Center2 minutes 34 seconds
A Father's Curiosity1 minute
Two Types of Yiddishists: Speakers and Scholars2 minutes 15 seconds
Coming to Jewish Literature through African-American Studies4 minutes 44 seconds
Investigations into Jewish Intermarriage in the Early 20th Century3 minutes 7 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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