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.
Judith Klau's Oral History
Judith Klau, English teacher, was interviewed by Mark Gerstein on March 11, 2013 in Boca Raton, Florida.
This interview was conducted in English.
Judith Klau was born in 1935 in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Video highlights from this oral history
"Lomir Zikh Iberbetn (Let's Forgive Each Other)": A Favorite Yiddish Song2 minutes 13 seconds
Introducing Jewish services at the Groton School2 minutes 56 seconds
Remembering an unusual American Yiddish song sung by her father59 seconds
"A Slice of Life": Why I Love Yiddish Literature2 minutes 30 seconds
"How do we let them know we are Jewish?": Fostering Jewish Identity at the Groton School2 minutes 44 seconds
"That was the best food."2 minutes 17 seconds
Remembering Yiddish School1 minute 14 seconds
Yiddish (and the Yiddish Book Center) as Part of the American Jewish Future1 minute 37 seconds
Remembering Poale Zion and the Zionism of the 1940s3 minutes 39 seconds
"We were in denial:" Believing the Holocaust1 minute 5 seconds
Singing the Yiddish song "Yomi Yomi"1 minute 55 seconds
Remembering davening (praying) with her father.1 minute 36 seconds
More information about this oral history
- Family history
- stories about ancestors
- Jewish Identity
- Yiddish language
- Yiddish revival and activism
- Career and Professional Life
- Religion and ritual
- Family traditions
- Jewish holidays
- United States
- Politics and political movements
- Yiddish Book Center
- culinary traditions
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