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.

Benjamin (Binyomen) Harshav's Oral History

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Benjamin Harshav, z"l, professor emeritus at Yale University, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on March 18, 2013 in North Haven, Connecticut. This interview is entirely in Yiddish.

This interview was conducted in Yiddish.

Benjamin (Binyomen) Harshav was born in 1928 in Vilna, Lithuania. Benjamin (Binyomen), z"l, died in 2015.

This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.

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Themes in this oral history:

  • Benjamin Harshav, Vilna, Vilnius, Vilne, Moyshe Kulbak, Sofye Gurevitch School, Lithuania, Regina Weinreich, Hashomer Hatzair, Polish, World War I, Chaim Grade, Avrom Sutzkever, Abraham Sutzkever, Itzik Manger, Gabi Weinreich, Yung Vilna, Max Weinreich, YIVO, Lucy Dawidowicz, Train, Russian, Ilya Ehrenburg,
  • Holocaust
  • Family history
  • stories about ancestors
  • Childhood
  • Yiddish speaker
  • Yiddish personalities
  • Education
  • Jewish education
  • Eastern Europe
  • Other languages
  • Secular
  • Secularism
  • Non-religious
  • Urban
  • World War Two
  • Israel
  • Zionism
  • Soviet Union
  • Anti-Semitism
  • Yiddish language
  • Rural
  • Immigration
  • Migration
  • Press

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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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