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.

"The First Shakespeare Plays I Ever Saw Were in Yiddish": Harold Bloom Remembers Maurice Schwartz as Shylock

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Harold Bloom, z"l, literary critic, describes seeing the great Yiddish actor Maurice Schwartz performing in the Yiddish rewrite of Merchant of Venice at the Second Avenue Theatre in the late 1930s.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Harold Bloom.

This excerpt is in English.