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.

Velvel Pasternak's Oral History

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Velvel Pasternak, musicologist and major publisher of Jewish music, was interviewed by Hankus Netsky at his home in Cedarhurst, NY.

This interview was conducted in English.

Velvel Pasternak was born in 1933 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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

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Themes in this oral history:

  • Velvel Pasternak, sheet music, recrdings
  • Yiddish language
  • Music
  • song
  • singing
  • Press
  • Career and Professional Life
  • Jewish professions
  • Religion and ritual
  • United States

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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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