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.

"A Frieda Kahlo Figure of Poetry": The Thematic Depth of Celia Dropkin's Poetry

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  • Kenneth Levinson, novelist and grandson of Yiddish writer Celia Dropkin, describes the energy, depth, and themes of his grandmother's poetry. He then speaks on whether or not, and to what degree, her poetry and art was self-reflective and how women's art is often subject to a different kind of analysis than that of men.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Kenneth Levinson.

This excerpt is in English.

Kenneth Levinson was born in Northampton, MA in 1953.

This interview is part of the series.

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?