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.
Sean Sidky's Oral History
Sean Sidky, 2011 Steiner Summer Yiddish Program student, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on July 15, 2011 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts.
This interview was conducted in English.
Sean Sidky was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1989.
Video highlights from this oral history
Australian Yiddish Library1 minute 50 seconds
"It's one of the most beautiful stories I've ever read": Research and Love of Yiddish writer David Bergelson3 minutes 28 seconds
"Ineffable and Intangible": Yiddish Literature3 minutes 48 seconds
Live Your Own Judaism56 seconds
"Like Stepping Through a Door": Entering the Yiddish World3 minutes 30 seconds
On Yiddish Film2 minutes 7 seconds
More information about this oral history
- Jewish Identity
- Yiddish language
- Yiddish learning
- Yiddish revival and activism
- Jewish education
- Family traditions
- Yiddish Book Center
- Summer camp
- Favorite Yiddish word
- Yiddish words
- Immigration and migration
- Career and Professional Life
- Jewish holidays
- United States
- Cultural transmission
- Sean Sidky
- Steiner Summer Program
- Dovid Bergelson
- I.L. Peretz
- Sholem Aleichem
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