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Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman's Oral History
Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman, z"l, Yiddish poet and educator, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on August 26, 2012 at Yidish-Vokh in Maryland. This interview is entirely in Yiddish.
This interview was conducted in Yiddish.
Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman was born in Vienna, Austria in 1920. Beyle, z"l, died in 2013.
Video highlights from this oral history
"The Last Day of Joy": Chernowitz in 19451 minute 39 seconds
Eliezer Shteynbarg Was Our Peretz1 minute 46 seconds
I Began Writing To Entertain the Children: A Yiddish Writer's Inspiration1 minute 37 seconds
Bainbridge Avenue: A Micro-neighborhood of Yiddish Culture in the Bronx1 minute 39 seconds
Isaac Nachman Steinberg and the Frayland Lige (Freeland League)2 minutes 13 seconds
Yiddishism Is a Way of Life1 minute 25 seconds
"It Gives Us a Reason, an Ideal": Yiddish in the Schaechter-Gottesman Family2 minutes 9 seconds
I Read Every Holocaust Memoir I Find3 minutes 56 seconds
More information about this oral history
- Yiddish speaker
- Eastern Europe
- Western Europe
- Soviet Union
- World War II
- Immigration and migration
- United States
- Family traditions
- Family histories
- Jewish Identity
- Yiddish language
- Yiddish teaching
- Yiddish scene
- Yiddish revival and activism
- Career and Professional Life
- Cultural transmission
- Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman
- Bella Schaechter-Gottesman
- Eliezer Shteynbarg
- Bainbridge Avenue
- New York
- New York City
- Sholem Aleichem School
- Yitskhok Nakhmen Steinberg
- Yitskhok Nakhmen Shteynberg
- Frayland Lige
- Yidish Lige
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