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Troim Katz Handler's Oral History
Troim Katz Handler, daughter of Yiddish poet Menke Katz, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on March 11, 2013 in Boca Raton, Florida.
This interview was conducted in English.
This interview is part of the Beyond the Books: Yiddish writers and their descendants series.
Video highlights from this oral history
The Experience of Menke Katz, Yiddish-Speaking Poet, in Israel at at Time of Strong Anti-Yiddish Sentiment1 minute 50 seconds
A Strange Arrangement: Growing Up With My Yiddish-Speaking Grandparents So My Father Could Write2 minutes 5 seconds
What's In a Name: Menke Katz on Changing Names and Changing Destinies58 seconds
Born Under the Bed During a Pogrom: Stories From My Family Before Coming to America1 minute 26 seconds
My Mother, Khashke Katz, Was Also A Writer1 minute 24 seconds
“How Strange That I Didn’t Recognize You!”: Meeting My Father, Poet Menke Katz, After Years Apart1 minute 20 seconds
Dual Consciousness: Growing Up In A Blended Religious and Secular Home2 minutes 26 seconds
The JPFOIWO: The World of the Yiddish Intelligentsia4 minutes 15 seconds
Satmar and the Future of Yiddish1 minute 1 second
"Two Lives With One Man:" Memories of Menke Katz1 minute 16 seconds
The Jewish Community of Passaic, New Jersey1 minute 45 seconds
More information about this oral history
- Family histories
- Jewish Identity
- Yiddish language
- Yiddish teaching
- Yiddish learning
- Yiddish revival and activism
- Coming back to Yiddish
- Career and Professional Life
- Jewish professions
- Family traditions
- United States
- Politics and political movements
- Cultural transmission
- Jewish community
- Descendants of Yiddish personalities, Beyond the Books
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