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.

Raphael Roginski's Oral History

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Raphael Roginski, musician and activist, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on May 5, 2013 in Sejny, Poland.

This interview was conducted in English.

This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.

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Themes in this oral history:

  • Germany, Poland, Podkowa Lesna, Borderlands Project, Fundacja Pogranicze, 1970s, 1980s, 2000s,
  • Advice
  • Family history
  • stories about ancestors
  • Childhood
  • Jewish Identity
  • Yiddish language
  • Coming back to Yiddish
  • Post-vernacular uses of Yiddish
  • Immigration
  • Migration
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Poetry
  • Ethnography
  • Career and Professional Life
  • Israel
  • Eastern Europe
  • Transmission
  • Roots
  • heritage
  • Jewish community
  • Rural
  • Urban

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About the Wexler Oral History Project

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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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