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.
Martin Broder's Oral History
Martin Broder, cardiologist and Yiddish speaker, was interviewed on December 1, 2011 by Christa Whitney at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts.
This interview was conducted in English.
Martin Broder was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1936.
Video highlights from this oral history
The Best That We Can Do Is the Best That We Can Do: Transmitting Jewish Culture To Our Children2 minutes 35 seconds
Beethoven to Sidor Belarsky: Growing Up With Classical and Jewish Music2 minutes 51 seconds
The Jewish Part of My Identity Had Nothing to Do With Religion: A Secular Yiddishist Home in Detroit2 minutes 28 seconds
How A Yiddish Folk Song Got Me Into The Chicago Symphony Chorus4 minutes 50 seconds
My Secular Yiddish Bar Mitzvah2 minutes 47 seconds
Annual Shlep From Detroit to Brooklyn for the Passover Seder4 minutes 19 seconds
Sholem Aleichem and Arbeter Ring: Memories From The Yiddish Secular Schools3 minutes 37 seconds
She Called Me "Duckling": Remembering My Grandmother1 minute 24 seconds
More information about this oral history
- Family histories
- Jewish Identity
- Yiddish language
- Yiddish learning
- Yiddish revival and activism
- Career and Professional Life
- Family traditions
- Jewish holidays
- Eastern Europe
- United States
- Yiddish Book Center
- Summer camp
- Cultural transmission
- Jewish community
- Old Country
- Yiddish words
- Politics and political movements
- Springfield MA
- I.J. Singer
- Sidor Belarsky
- Sholem Aleichem Institute
- Workmen's Circle/ Arbeter Ring
- Camp Vladeck
- Camp Kinderland
- late 1940s
- Martin Broder
- Yiddish newspapers
- Bar Mitzvah
- secular Jewishness
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