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.

"Intellectual Jousting": How My Grandfather, Solomon Simon, Thrived on Argument

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Daniel Forman, grandson of Yiddish writer Solomon Simon, considers the importance of "intellectual jousting," or rich argument and discussion in his grandfather's life philosophy. He tells the story of his grandfather writing to him about the Kent State shootings, a historical event that had divided them in argument.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Daniel Forman.

This excerpt is in English.

Daniel Forman was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1956.