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.
Barnett Zumoff's Oral History
Dr. Barnett Zumoff - a medical doctor by profession and a Yiddish translator and activist, as well as President Emeritus of the Workmen's Circle/Arbeiter Ring - was interviewed by Christa Whitney on December 4, 2013 at his office at Beth Israel Hospital in New York, New York.
This interview was conducted in English.
Barnett Zumoff was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1926.
Video highlights from this oral history
Kiev and the Statue of the (In)Famous Khmelnitsky1 minute 44 seconds
Learning Yiddish In America: Jewish Secular School Systems in the Early 20th Century1 minute 22 seconds
A Translator Recalls Encounters with Avrom Sutzkever3 minutes 57 seconds
The Composing Room of the Forverts (Yiddish Daily Forward) Newspaper2 minutes 21 seconds
'Really? Show Me!': Rising to the Challenge of Yiddish Translation3 minutes 14 seconds
“All of a Sudden… I Said Yes!”: Becoming the President of the Workmen's Circle2 minutes 8 seconds
“Geknipts Un Gebunden” (Attached at the Hip): Working with Yosl Mlotek2 minutes 34 seconds
"Start With the Greats": A Beginner's Guide to Yiddish Poetry1 minute 24 seconds
“There Are Some Younger People Who Are Creating Yiddish Literature”: A List1 minute 21 seconds
More information about this oral history
- Family histories
- Jewish Identity
- Yiddish language
- Yiddish learning
- Yiddish revival and activism
- Post-vernacular uses of Yiddish
- Yiddish speaker
- Jewish education
- United States
- Summer camp
- Yiddish personalities
- New York City
- New York
- Yosl Mlotek
- Avram Sutzkever
- Workmen's Circle
- Arbeter Ring
- Congress for Jewish Culture
- Kultur Kongres
- Forward Association
- Yiddish Daily Forward
- Jewish Daily Forward
- Camp Kinder Ring
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