The Yiddish Book Center's
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.
Shura Grinhoyz-Turkow's Oral History
Shura Grinhoyz-Turkow - Yiddish actress and activist born in Bialystok, now living in Israel - was interviewed by Christa Whitney on June 16, 2014 in Tel Aviv, Israel.
This interview was conducted in Yiddish.
Shura Grinhoyz-Turkow was born in Bialystok, Poland in 1925. Shura died in 2020.
Video highlights from this oral history
He Made the Difficult Switch from Yiddish to Hebrew: Zygmunt Turkow's Theater Career
1 min 17 sec
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A Career Yiddish Actress on The Current State of Yiddish Cultural Production in Israel
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Multilingual and Full of Actors: Shura Grinhoyz-Turkow Remembers Her Childhood Home
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Bialystock Was a Jewish City: Memories from the Interwar and Immediate Post-War Periods
2 min 3 sec
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Jews Always Find Ways to be Creative: Rebuilding Life in Lower Silesia Post-WW2
3 min 53 sec
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I Cried the Entire Time: A Successful Yiddish Actress's First Year in Israel
1 min 38 sec
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