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Henry Sapoznik's Oral History
Henry Sapoznik - musician, scholar, and KlezKamp founder - was interviewed by Christa Whitney on March 20, 2012 at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
This interview was conducted in English.
Henry Sapoznik was born in 1953 in Brooklyn, New York.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Video highlights from this oral history
The Growth of KlezKamp2 minutes 55 seconds
"It's Something That's Yours": Yiddish Culture For Those Who Grew Up With It And Those Who Didn't1 minute 46 seconds
Transplanting the Old Way4 minutes 53 seconds
"It Was Like Being Handed a Baton": YIVO in the 1980s4 minutes 35 seconds
It Was All Learned by Ear1 minute 43 seconds
Klezmer Banjo2 minutes 35 seconds
"My Goal Has Always Been To Break Out Of The Ghetto": Yiddish Content within American Culture2 minutes 33 seconds
Junior Folklorists at KlezKamp53 seconds
Bringing Yiddish Back to the University of Wisconsin, Madison2 minutes 54 seconds
"Don't You Have None of Your Own Music?"4 minutes 11 seconds
More information about this oral history
Themes in this oral history:
- Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York City, NYC, Henry Sapoznik, Mt. Aier North Carolina, Madison, Wisconsin, Washington Square, Greenwich Village, Adrienne Cooper, Diva Abramovitch, Sarah Gordon, YIVO, Klez Kamp, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s,
- Family history
- stories about ancestors
- Jewish Identity
- Yiddish revival and activism
- Coming back to Yiddish
- Post-vernacular uses of Yiddish
- Career and Professional Life
- Eastern Europe
- United States
- Politics and political movements
- Jewish community
- Yiddish Book Center
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