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.

My Path to Writing Bilingual Yiddish-English Poetry

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  • Irena Klepfisz, lesbian poet and writer, recalls how she was inspired to write poetry in Yiddish, by the encouragement of her friend, the queer, feminist, Chicana writer, Gloria Anzaldúa.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Irena Klepfisz.

This excerpt is in English.

About the Wexler Oral History Project

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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.

Tell Us Your Story

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Do you (or someone you know) have stories to share about the importance of Yiddish language and culture in your life?