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.

"Laughter as a Weapon": The Creation, Seizure, and Rediscovery of the Archive for Jewish Proletarian Culture

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Anna Shternshis, Associate Professor of Yiddish at the University of Toronto, tells about an archive in Kyiv filled with Yiddish folk songs and other musical compositions.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Anna Shternshis.

This excerpt is in English.

Anna Shternshis was born in Moscow, Russia.