Wexler Oral History Project

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

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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.

This interview is part of the Beyond the Books: Yiddish writers and their descendants series.

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Themes in this oral history:

  • Mitchell Waife, New York City, NYC, Brighton Beach, Sholem Aleichem, Olga Loyev Rabinovitz, Sholem Rabinovich, Russian,
  • Family history
  • stories about ancestors
  • Childhood
  • Yiddish language
  • Immigration
  • Migration
  • Theater
  • Literature
  • Eastern Europe
  • United States
  • Transmission
  • Roots
  • heritage
  • Anti-Semitism
  • Urban
  • Travel
  • children/grandchildren of Yiddish personalities
  • Beyond the Books

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Since 2010, the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project has recorded more than 500 in-depth video interviews that provide a deeper understanding of the Jewish experience and the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture.

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