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.
Two Types of Yiddishists: Speakers and Scholars
Jessica Kirzane, specialist in American-Jewish literature, speaks about her decision to study Yiddish instead of learning the language.
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
Two Types of Yiddishists: Speakers and Scholars2 minutes 15 seconds
An Opportunity to Be an Expert: Why Study Yiddish2 minutes 39 seconds
Coming to Jewish Literature through African-American Studies4 minutes 44 seconds
A Father's Curiosity1 minute
Investigations into Jewish Intermarriage in the Early 20th Century3 minutes 7 seconds
Learning Yiddish at the Yiddish Book Center2 minutes 34 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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