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.
Julijus Gurevich's Oral History
Julijus Gurevich, active member of the Vilnius, Lithuania Jewish community, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on August 24, 2012 at Yidish-Vokh in Maryland.
This interview was conducted in English and Yiddish.
Julijus Gurevich was born in Vilna, Lithuania.
Video highlights from this oral history
"Yiddish Wasn't the Joy It Is for Me Now": My Changing Relationship to the Yiddish Language2 minutes 4 seconds
What It Means To Be a Litvak1 minute 22 seconds
A Lithuanian-Jewish Family Where Everyone Speaks Yiddish2 minutes 27 seconds
We Were Never Ashamed of Being Jews or Speaking Yiddish in Lithuania1 minute 21 seconds
More information about this oral history
Themes in this oral history:
- Julijus Gurevich, Lithuania, Vilna, Vilnius, Vilne, Yidish-vokh, Russian, Lithuanian, Litvak,
- Yiddish speaker
- Eastern Europe
- Jewish Identity
- Yiddish language
- Jewish education
- Soviet Union
- Other languages
- Family history
- stories about ancestors
- World War Two
- Jewish community
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