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.
Irena Klepfisz's Poetic Inspirations, both Yiddish and English
Irena Klepfisz, lesbian poet and writer, discusses her literary inspirations, and her path to becoming a writer.
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
"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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Constructing an Identity Apart from My Hero Father: Irena Klepfisz's Memories of the Arbeter Ring Shule
5 min 27 sec
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Growing up in the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union Amalgamated Houses
2 min 48 sec
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My Jewish, Lesbian Experience of Second Wave Feminism and Yiddish Activism
10 min 17 sec
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