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Isaac (Ying) Halpern's Oral History
Isaac (Ying) Halpern, son of Yiddish poet Moyshe-Leyb Halpern, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on February 21, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.
This interview was conducted in English.
Video highlights from this oral history
Moyshe-Leyb Halpern as a Father2 minutes 13 seconds
"We Can't Afford A Real Gate-leg Table": Moyshe-Leyb Halpern's Whimsical Household Art1 minute 25 seconds
As His Son, I Was Surprised to Realize Just How Well-Regarded My Father, Moyshe-Leyb Halpern, Was2 minutes 30 seconds
A Tradition of Father-Son (Recycled) Art in the Halpern Family2 minutes 23 seconds
“A Love-Hate Relationship" With The Modern World: My Father, Moyshe-Leyb Halpern’s Yiddish Poetry1 minute 34 seconds
Cross-generational Inspirations: Copying Each Other's Paintings in the Halpern Family1 minute 46 seconds
"The Power of this Acting Business”: Advice From Yehuda Bleich For A Minor Yiddish Theater Role2 minutes 30 seconds
Yingele: the Story Behind an Unusual Yiddish Nickname1 minute 41 seconds
The Ironing Disaster: Moyshe-Leyb Halpern Didn’t Do So Well With Menial Jobs2 minutes 15 seconds
The Artistic Habits of Yiddish Poet Moyshe-Leyb Halpern2 minutes 26 seconds
Moyshe-Leyb Halpern: Pinnacle of Modernism in Yiddish Poetry2 minutes 27 seconds
“Beautiful Sounds In The Middle”: The Style of Moyshe-Leyb Halpern’s Yiddish Poetry1 minute 37 seconds
“Sometimes I Get Hung On Things”: Isaac (Ying) Halpern On Reading His Father Moyshe-Leyb’s Poetry1 minute 4 seconds
An Imaginary Kitchenette Menu: The Household Artwork Of Moyshe-Leyb Halpern3 minutes 10 seconds
Moyshe-Leyb Halpern's Appearance2 minutes 20 seconds
“I Missed That One”: When I Once Disappointed My Father, Moyshe-Leyb Halpern2 minutes 44 seconds
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