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.

Riga's Beloved Yiddish Theater

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Yakob Basner, Yiddish teacher and Holocaust survivor, recalls the thriving Yiddish theater scene in Riga before the war, and how he used to go to show with his neighbor who worked as a stagehand.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Yakob Basner.

This excerpt is in Yiddish.

Yakob Basner was born in 1927. Yakob died in 2021.

Other video highlights from this oral history