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.
Miriam Oles's Oral History
Miriam Oles, granddaughter of Yiddish writer Eliezer Schindler, was interviewed by Amanda Lundquist on December 15, 2013 at the Association for Jewish Studies Conference in Boston, Massachusetts.
This interview was conducted in English.
Video highlights from this oral history
It Helped Them Find “Confidence and Consolation” In The Death Chambers: My Grandfather Eliezer Schindler’s Poetry Was Recited During the Holocaust2 minutes 56 seconds
Singing Zmires (Shabbes Hymns)1 minute 13 seconds
The Unfinished Story of My Grandfather’s Letters4 minutes 58 seconds
"That feeling, that people have been doing this for thousands of years"1 minute 32 seconds
"My mother was an Orthodox Jewish feminist way before I was"6 minutes 20 seconds
More information about this oral history
- Favorite Yiddish word
- Yiddish words
- Family histories
- Jewish Identity
- Yiddish language
- Yiddish learning
- Coming back to Yiddish
- Immigration and migration
- World War II
- Jewish education
- Family traditions
- Jewish holidays
- Eastern Europe
- Soviet Union
- Western Europe
- United States
- Yiddish Book Center
- Descendants of Yiddish personalities
- Beyond the Books
- Yiddish personalities
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