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.

Chava Turniansky's Oral History

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Professor Chava Turniansky, Professor Emeritus of Yiddish literature at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on June 17, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel.

This interview was conducted in Yiddish.

Chava Turniansky was born in 1937 in Mexico City, Mexico.

This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.

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Themes in this oral history:

  • Mexico City, Mexico, Jerusalem, Israel, glikl, gluckl of Hamlen, Dov Sadan, Yiddish folkshule of Mexico, hebrew University, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, old Yiddish,
  • Family history
  • stories about ancestors
  • Childhood
  • Jewish Identity
  • Yiddish language
  • Yiddish teaching
  • Yiddish scene
  • Yiddish speaker
  • Immigration
  • Migration
  • Hebrew
  • Literature
  • Books
  • Career and Professional Life
  • Scholarship
  • Academia
  • Education
  • Religion and ritual
  • Family traditions
  • Israel
  • Zionism
  • Latin America
  • Roots
  • heritage
  • Jewish community
  • Urban
  • Travel

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