The Yiddish Book Center's
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.
Mark Gerstein's Oral History
Mark Gerstein - former high school history teacher and Wexler Oral History Project volunteer - was interviewed by Christa Whitney on July 5, 2012 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Mark passed away on November 20, 2013 - may his memory be a blessing.
This interview was conducted in English.
Mark Gerstein was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1949. Mark died in 2013.
Video highlights from this oral history
Jewish Immigration: Examining the Categories on My Grandfather's Ship Manifest
2 min 20 sec
Slide 17 of 27
Sean Furgeson, a Good Yiddish Name: On How Officials Changed Names Upon Immigrating Through Ellis Island
1 min 33 sec
Slide 21 of 27
Talk to Your Grandparents! The Importance of Asking Questions and Family History
Slide 22 of 27