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
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.
This interview is part of the Beyond the Books: Yiddish writers and their descendants series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
My Unconventional Jewish Education as the Grandson of Yiddish Writer, Solomon Simon
7 min 40 sec
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Did Zeyde Simon Become a Believer?: The Great Debate for Solomon Simon's Family
9 min 55 sec
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How Yiddish Dictates Jewish Identity for the Family of Yiddish Writer, Solomon Simon
2 min 56 sec
Slide 4 of 10