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.
Rachel Weston's Oral History
Rachel Weston, a London-based singer with a particular interest in Yiddish song, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on August 22, 2014 at KlezKanada in the Laurentian Mountains, Quebec, Canada.
This interview was conducted in Yiddish and English.
Video highlights from this oral history
Yiddish is the Music That I Have to Give, To Learn About2 minutes 15 seconds
Song as Document: How Music Holds the Human Experience2 minutes 45 seconds
Yiddish Misfits Gathered and Scattered: Reflections on the Klezmer Revival, Diaspora, and Movement3 minutes 26 seconds
Songs for the Shul Klapper: Musical Parallels between Yiddish East London and Eastern Europe5 minutes 22 seconds
Childhood Memories of - and Adult Reflections on - the United Synagogue in London4 minutes 24 seconds
More information about this oral history
- Jewish Identity
- Yiddish language
- Yiddish learning
- Career and Professional Life
- Western Europe
- Cultural transmission
- Jewish community
- United Kingdom
- Great Britain
- East London
- Frank London
- Adrienne Cooper
- Itzik Gottesman
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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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