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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.
Troim Katz Handler was born in 1927 in Los Angeles, California.
This interview is part of the Beyond the Books: Yiddish writers and their descendants series.
Video highlights from this oral history
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
The Jewish Community of Passaic, New Jersey1 minute 45 seconds
Dual Consciousness: Growing Up In A Blended Religious and Secular Home2 minutes 26 seconds
"Two Lives With One Man:" Memories of Menke Katz1 minute 16 seconds
My Mother, Khashke Katz, Was Also A Writer1 minute 24 seconds
The Experience of Menke Katz, Yiddish-Speaking Poet, in Israel at at Time of Strong Anti-Yiddish Sentiment1 minute 50 seconds
“How Strange That I Didn’t Recognize You!”: Meeting My Father, Poet Menke Katz, After Years Apart1 minute 20 seconds
A Strange Arrangement: Growing Up With My Yiddish-Speaking Grandparents So My Father Could Write2 minutes 5 seconds
Satmar and the Future of Yiddish1 minute 1 second
The JPFOIWO: The World of the Yiddish Intelligentsia4 minutes 15 seconds
More information about this oral history
Themes in this oral history:
- Troim Katz Handler, Passaic, New Jersey, Menke Katz, Itche Goldberg, Dovid Katz, Jewish Peoples Fraternal Order, JPFO, International Workers Order, IWO, Lubavitch, Chabad, Satmar, Orthodox,
- Family history
- stories about ancestors
- Jewish Identity
- Yiddish language
- Yiddish teaching
- Yiddish learning
- Yiddish revival and activism
- Coming back to Yiddish
- Career and Professional Life
- Jewish professions
- Religion and ritual
- Family traditions
- United States
- Politics and political movements
- Jewish community
- children/grandchildren of Yiddish personalities
- Beyond the Books
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