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.
"Have You Ever Seen a Tennis Match?": Teenage Jozef Hen's First Editorial Critique from Igor Newerly
Jozef Hen, Polish Jewish writer, describes his first conversation with Igor Newerly (Jerzy Abramow). Teenage Jozef Hen submitted his short story about tennis to a contest in a children's newspaper called "Maly Przeglad [The Little Review]".
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Józef Hen.
This excerpt is in Polish.
Other video highlights from this oral history
"Have You Ever Seen a Tennis Match?": Teenage Jozef Hen's First Editorial Critique from Igor Newerly3 minutes 30 seconds
Yellow Tiles from Nowolipie Street1 minute 37 seconds
Korczak's Pedagogical Failure, at a Movie Theater2 minutes 16 seconds
"I Should Have Gone with Them": Igor Newerly and His Maly Przeglad Colleagues in Majdanek1 minute 48 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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