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.
Christa Whitney's Oral History
Christa Whitney, director of the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, was interviewed by Lesley Yalen on October 12, 2010 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts.
This interview was conducted in English.
Christa Whitney was born in Oakland, California in 1987.
Video highlights from this oral history
Teaching World War II2 minutes 47 seconds
"It's just weird to them."1 minute 40 seconds
"Actually, you are really important to the field."2 minutes 31 seconds
"It's an academic pursuit."1 minute 34 seconds
Holocaust Literature at Smith College1 minute 1 second
"I wasn't welcome"2 minutes 15 seconds
Reading Avrom Sutzkever2 minutes 34 seconds
"It's a Human Tragedy."3 minutes 3 seconds
Parallel Immigrant Story57 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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