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.
Constructing an Identity Apart from My Hero Father: Irena Klepfisz's Memories of the Arbeter Ring Shule
Irena Klepfisz, lesbian poet and writer, remembers her years at the Arbeter Ring Shule (secular Yiddish school), and her experience constructing an identity in a community that recognized her largely by her father, Michał Klepfisz, a hero of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Irena Klepfisz.
This excerpt is in English.
This interview is part of the Beyond the Books: Yiddish writers and their descendants series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
My Jewish, Lesbian Experience of Second Wave Feminism and Yiddish Activism
10 min 17 sec
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"The History That's Never Taught": On the Complexities of the Search for Yiddish Women Writers
6 min 57 sec
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Suddenly I was a Holocaust Survivor: A Child Survivor's Experience of American Holocaust Memorial Events
5 min 54 sec
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