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.
Yechiel Szeintuch's Oral History
Professor Yechiel Szeintuch, scholar of Yiddish literature, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on June 17, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel.
This interview was conducted in Yiddish.
Yechiel Szeintuch was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Video highlights from this oral history
The Secret of Food that Tastes Like Home2 minutes 37 seconds
Professor Yechiel Szeintuch on Meeting President Shazar5 minutes 55 seconds
Changing Schools Every Year: Prof. Yechiel Szeintuch Reflects on his Early Education3 minutes 43 seconds
A Penchant for Practical Jokes: My Uncle's Joke at the Pesach Seder1 minute 47 seconds
Studying Yiddish is like an Onion3 minutes 35 seconds
The State of Yiddish in Israel: Yechiel Szeintuch's Experiences with Yiddish in His Early Days in Israel1 minute 46 seconds
Israel's Relationship with Yiddish as Seen Through Academic Study: A History4 minutes 19 seconds
I may be the Gilgul (Reincarnation) of Zvi Schwartz2 minutes 42 seconds
More information about this oral history
- Family histories
- Jewish Identity
- Yiddish language
- Yiddish teaching
- Yiddish scene
- Yiddish speaker
- Immigration and migration
- Career and Professional Life
- Jewish education
- Cultural transmission
- Yiddish personalities
- Jewish community
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