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.
Hershl Hartman's Oral History
Hershl Hartman, native Yiddish speaker and educational director at the Sholem Community in California, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on January 15, 2013 at Workmen's Circle in Los Angeles, California.
This interview was conducted in English and Yiddish.
Video highlights from this oral history
Hitler-Stalin Pact and Changing Perceptions of Russia4 minutes 59 seconds
Lessons From Working with Holocaust Survivors2 minutes 28 seconds
Teaching Yiddish Appreciation Through Music1 minute 3 seconds
Shtot Oder Shtok?: Dialects & Interpreting for Hasidim on Phone Help Lines1 minute 54 seconds
Secularizing Jewish Holidays2 minutes 53 seconds
Sholem Asch's Yiddish Dialect1 minute 51 seconds
"Off-Broadway," A Phrase Courtesy of the Yiddish Theater2 minutes 43 seconds
Drafting a Communist10 minutes 49 seconds
The Language of Fighters1 minute 15 seconds
"My Mother Was a Bolshevik": Politics in My Yiddish-Speaking Home1 minute 16 seconds
More information about this oral history
- Family histories
- Jewish Identity
- Yiddish language
- Post-vernacular uses of Yiddish
- Immigration and migration
- Career and Professional Life
- Jewish holidays
- Eastern Europe
- Soviet Union
- United States
- Politics and political movements
- Summer camp
- Cultural transmission
- Jewish community
- World War II
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