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.
Miriam Bienstock's Oral History
Miriam Bienstock, z"l, cofounder of Atlantic Records, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on November 12, 2010 at her home on Park Avenue in New York City, New York.
This interview was conducted in English.
Miriam Bienstock was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1923. Miriam, z"l, died in 2015.
Video highlights from this oral history
Family Housing Rentals2 minutes 28 seconds
Molly Picon and Death of a Salesman in Yiddish1 minute 22 seconds
Sewing Dress for School Graduation1 minute 29 seconds
Experiences with Gender Discrimination in the Workplace1 minute 58 seconds
My Uncle, Yiddish Writer Mani Leib2 minutes 44 seconds
Visiting Israel in Early Years1 minute 25 seconds
"Isadora Duncan was a part of our family lore."3 minutes 1 second
Elvis: "He was a perfect southern gentleman."45 seconds
"A Yidishe shiksah?" (A Jewish non-Jew?)1 minute 25 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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