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.
Making Yiddish Connections in the U.S. in the 1970s
Moshe Shklar, Yiddish poet born in Poland, describes the Yiddish connections he made once he came to the United States.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Moshe Shklar.
This excerpt is in Polish.
Moshe Shklar was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1920. Moshe, z"l, died in 2014.
This interview is part of the Beyond the Books: Yiddish writers and their descendants series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Making Yiddish Connections in the U.S. in the 1970s1 minute 22 seconds
“I Only Spoke Yiddish Until I Started Going Out With Chicks”: A Yiddish Writer on Language Choices55 seconds
Kneidlach, Gefilte Fish, and Cholent: Jewish Traditions in the Childhood Home of Yiddish Writer Moshe Shklar1 minute 39 seconds
"Litwo, Ojczyzno Moja!": Moshe Shklar on Memorizing "Pan Tadeusz" and Learning Polish2 minutes 36 seconds
TSYSHO, Po’ale Tsiyon, and Yung Bor: Jewish Educational Systems in Interwar Poland1 minute 43 seconds
My Favorite Teacher, Israel Lichtenstein, and the Ringelblum Archives1 minute 31 seconds
Peretz, Bialik, and Bergelson: Moshe Szklarek’s Literary Inspirations1 minute 55 seconds
Antisemitism on the Streets of Interwar Warsaw2 minutes 18 seconds
“I Knew No One Was Left Alive”: Moshe Shklar Returning to Poland After World War II1 minute 36 seconds
Moshe Shklar's Friendships With Famous Yiddish Writers2 minutes 20 seconds
“It Is Natural That I Speak Polish at Home”: A Yiddish Writer on the Languages of His Daily Life1 minute 47 seconds
Reading Culture in Interwar Warsaw2 minutes 31 seconds
"I Could Not Be Accepted Because of The Jewish Nose": Personal Experiences of Anti-semitism in the Polish Army1 minute 44 seconds
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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.
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