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.
Mitchell Waife's Oral History
Mitchell Waife, grandson of Yiddish author and playwright Sholem Aleichem, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on March 14, 2013 in Lantana, Florida.
This interview was conducted in English.
Mitchell Waife was born in 1923. Mitchell, z"l, died in 2015.
Video highlights from this oral history
For The People: Sholem Aleichem Comes to America2 minutes 11 seconds
The Famous Sholem Aleichem1 minute 29 seconds
Sholem Aleichem's Romance With His Future Wife1 minute 47 seconds
“She Would Come With Her Umbrella”: My Grandmother, Olga Rabinovitz’ Fierce Commitment to Sholem Aleichem’s Legacy2 minutes 59 seconds
Artifacts related to this oral history
Mitchell Waife Photo- Waife and Brother
Mitchell Waife Photo- Waife family Generations
Mitchell Waife Photograph- Waife and Sholem Aleichem picture
Mitchell Waife Picture- Waife as an executive
Mitchell Waife Picture- Letter on the back of Photograph
Mitchell Waife Portrait- Mother's Cousins
Mitchell Waife Picture- Back of Great Cousin's Portrait
Mitchell Waife Photo- Back fo childhood pciture
Mitchell Waife Photo- Picture as a Child During Winter
Mitchell Waife Photo- Parents
Mitchell Waife Photo- Sholem Aleichem's wedding portrait
Mitchell Waife Photo- Sholem Aleichem and family
More information about this oral history
- Family histories
- Yiddish language
- Immigration and migration
- Eastern Europe
- United States
- Cultural transmission
- Descendants of Yiddish personalities
- Beyond the Books
- Mitchell Waife
- New York City
- Brighton Beach
- Sholem Aleichem
- Olga Loyev Rabinovitz
- Sholem Rabinovich
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