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.

Dan Opatoshu's Oral History

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Dan Opatoshu, grandson of Yiddish novelist and short story writer Yosef Opatoshu, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on March 12, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

This interview was conducted in English.

Dan Opatoshu was born in 1947.

This interview is part of the Beyond the Books: Yiddish writers and their descendants series.

More information about this oral history

  • Family history
  • stories about ancestors
  • Childhood
  • Jewish Identity
  • Yiddish language
  • Yiddish scene
  • Yiddish speaker
  • Immigration
  • Migration
  • Theater
  • Literature
  • Books
  • Newspapers
  • Poetry
  • Career and Professional Life
  • Holocaust
  • World War Two
  • Education
  • Secular
  • Secularism
  • Non-religious
  • Family traditions
  • Israel
  • Eastern Europe
  • Soviet Union
  • Russia
  • America
  • United States
  • Politics and political movements
  • Transmission
  • Roots
  • heritage
  • children/grandchildren of Yiddish personalities
  • Beyond the Books
  • Yiddish personalities
  • Jewish community
  • Shtetl
  • Travel
  • Love
  • Relationships

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About the Wexler Oral History Project

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Since 2010, the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project has recorded more than 500 in-depth video interviews that provide a deeper understanding of the Jewish experience and the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture.

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