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.
Michael Yashinsky's Oral History
Michael Yashinsky - stage director and Yiddish language student - was interviewed by Christa Whitney on June 5, 2013 in Amherst, Massachusetts.
This interview was conducted in English.
Video highlights from this oral history
Vegetable Selling with Mary the Horse: My Zeyde2 minutes 25 seconds
From My Grandmother's Library, Truths About The Jewish People2 minutes 22 seconds
A “Bashert” Encounter with Di Brider Ashkenazi (The Brothers Ashkenazi) by I. J. Singer3 minutes 28 seconds
Meeting in the Middle: My Parents' Approach to Jewishness2 minutes 34 seconds
Action Figures in the Sukkah: “A Very American Kind of Yiddishkayt”1 minute 45 seconds
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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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