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.

Bel Kaufman's Oral History

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Bel Kaufman, z"l, granddaughter of Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem and author of award-winning novels, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on April 1st, 2014, in New York City.

This interview was conducted in English.

Bel Kaufman was born in 1911 in Berlin, Germany. Bel, z"l, died in 2014.

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

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Themes in this oral history:

  • Odessa, Ukraine, Sholem Rabinowitz, Sholem Aleichem, Mark Twain, Mischa Elman, Switzerland, 1850s, Russian Revolution, Bolshevik, communist, communism, writing, New York City, New York, proletariat, Motl, Peysi the Cantor's Son, memory, Kiev, Russian,
  • Family history
  • stories about ancestors
  • Childhood
  • Jewish Identity
  • Yiddish language
  • Yiddish scene
  • Theater
  • Literature
  • Books
  • Secular
  • Secularism
  • Non-religious
  • Eastern Europe
  • Russia
  • United States
  • Politics and political movements
  • Transmission
  • Yiddish personalities
  • children/grandchildren of Yiddish personalities
  • Beyond the Books
  • Urban
  • Love
  • Relationships
  • Immigration
  • Migration

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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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