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.
Yosl Bergner's Oral History
Yosl Bergner, z"l, painter and descendant of Yiddish writers Hinde Bergner and Meylekh (Melech) Ravitch, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on June 23, 2014 in Tel Aviv, Israel.
This interview was conducted in English and Yiddish.
Yosl Bergner was born in Vienna, Austria in 1920. Yosl died in 2017.
Video highlights from this oral history
Troublemaking in the Hoyf (Courtyard): Yosl Bergner Remembers Warsaw of His Youth
1 min 9 sec
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“After Two Months, I Couldn’t Stand It”: Melech Ravitch and His Family’s Vegetarianism
1 min 1 sec
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