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.
My Great Grandmother, Lifshe Schaechter-Vidman
Esther Gottesman, granddaughter of Yiddish poet Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman and daughter of Itzik Gottesman, reflects on the influence of her great-grandmother in the culture of her family.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Esther Gottesman.
This excerpt is in Yiddish and English.
This interview is part of the Beyond the Books: Yiddish writers and their descendants series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
My Great Grandmother, Lifshe Schaechter-Vidman2 minutes 51 seconds
"She Had Friends All Over the World": How Beyle Kept Her Home Full of Art and Yiddish3 minutes 15 seconds
Beyle's House on Bainbridge Avenue3 minutes 52 seconds
Beyle's Many Mediums: Descriptions of Her Paintings, Drawings, and Poetry4 minutes 9 seconds
Hearing Harbslid Now: How My Relationship to My Grandmother's Songs Has Changed2 minutes 50 seconds
A Yiddish Kid in Austin, Texas: How I Felt About Yiddish Growing Up4 minutes 4 seconds
Why Beyle Needed to Make Art: The Force Behind a Massive Body of Work1 minute 53 seconds
Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman's Children's Songs: Writing Songs Was How She Showed Affection2 minutes 12 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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