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.

Jim Hoberman's Oral History

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Jim Hoberman, Village Voice film critic and author of seminal book Bridge of Light: Yiddish Film Between the Two World Wars, was interviewed by Emma Morgenstern on June 26, 2011 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts.

This interview was conducted in English.

Jim Hoberman was born in 1949 in New York, New York.

This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.

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Themes in this oral history:

  • Jim Hoberman, YIVO, Columbia University, Village Voice, New York City, Ukraine, Slovakia, Germany, Harper College, SUNY Binghamton, Jeffrey Shandler, Forverts, Forward,
  • Advice
  • Favorite Yiddish word
  • Yiddish words
  • Family history
  • stories about ancestors
  • Childhood
  • Jewish Identity
  • Yiddish language
  • Yiddish learning
  • Immigration
  • Migration
  • Visual Arts
  • Theater
  • Film
  • Press
  • Radio
  • Literature
  • Career and Professional Life
  • Scholarship
  • Academia
  • Family traditions
  • Jewish holidays
  • Israel
  • United States
  • Politics and political movements
  • Roots
  • heritage
  • Jewish community

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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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