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.
Max Kellerman's Oral History
Max Kellerman, sportscaster and Yiddish enthusiast, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on March 11, 2014 in Bel Air, CA.
This interview was conducted in Yiddish and English.
Max Kellerman was born in 1973 in Bronx, New York.
Video highlights from this oral history
Good, But Strong: Navigating Jewish-American Identity2 minutes 54 seconds
Breaking the Chain: New Americans and the (Lack of) Transmission of Old World Values1 minute 54 seconds
"Better Than a Biblical Narrative" Speaking Yiddish as Revenge Against Hitler2 minutes 11 seconds
Transmitting Secular Jewish Identity Through Yiddish2 minutes 54 seconds
"Yiddish is Like The Force"1 minute 57 seconds
More information about this oral history
Themes in this oral history:
- Max Kellerman, boxing, sports, Bel Air, California, pogroms, Bronx, New York, Star Wars, Columbia University, American Jews,
- Jewish Identity
- Yiddish language
- Yiddish revival and activism
- Coming back to Yiddish
- Post-vernacular uses of Yiddish
- Yiddish speaker
- Career and Professional Life
- Family traditions
- Jewish holidays
- United States
- Politics and political movements
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