The Yiddish Book Center's
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.
Eleanor Reissa's Oral History
Eleanor Reissa - singer, actress, and director in both English and Yiddish - was interviewed by Christa Whitney on August 22, 2013 at KlezKanada in the Laurentian Mountains, Quebec, Canada.
This interview was conducted in Yiddish and English.
Eleanor Reissa was born in Brooklyn, New York.
Video highlights from this oral history
"Ver Iz Nishtu (Who is Not Here)": Growing Up as a Child of Holocaust Survivors
2 min 21 sec
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"My Ego is in English, but My Heart is in Yiddish": Reflections on a Bilingual Career
2 min 57 sec
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"It Ain't Your Bubbie's Yiddish Anymore": Eleanor Reissa Reflects on the Yiddish Artistic World Today
3 min 29 sec
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