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.
Merlin Shepherd's Oral History
Merlin Shepherd, Klezmer musician and instructor, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on August 19, 2014 at KlezKanada in the Laurentian Mountains, Quebec, Canada.
This interview was conducted in English.
Merlin Shepherd was born in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom in 1963.
Video highlights from this oral history
"My Grandparents Would Speak in Fluent Yiddish When They Didn't Want Us to Understand"
2 min 11 sec
Slide 2 of 8
"There Was Always a Flavor, Without Being Dogmatic": Growing Up in a Secular Jewish Home
2 min 2 sec
Slide 3 of 8
My Best Teachers were Recordings: Discovering Klezmer and Finding My Sound
1 min 50 sec
Slide 4 of 8