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.
Henry Kellerman's Oral History
Henry Kellerman, psychotherapist and author, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on October 24, 2014 in New York, New York.
This interview was conducted in Yiddish and English.
Video highlights from this oral history
Pogroms And Jewish Resistance In The "Two-Blink Shtetl" of Yaruga4 minutes 7 seconds
Ingathering of the Exiles: A Return to the Shtetl, then on to Israel1 minute 59 seconds
Ceremony and Symbolism at Camp Kinderland3 minutes
The Trouble With the Melting Pot: The Rapid Decline of Second Languages in the United States3 minutes 12 seconds
Archive of a Child Yiddish Star4 minutes 52 seconds
Becoming a Poster Child for Secular Yiddishism3 minutes 44 seconds
My Father Came to Canada on a False Affidavit2 minutes 30 seconds
A Barg Shikh—A Mountain of Shoes1 minute 37 seconds
"We Realized How Important Yiddish Was": Fundraising for the IWO Shules5 minutes 28 seconds
More information about this oral history
- Family histories
- Jewish Identity
- Yiddish language
- Yiddish learning
- Yiddish scene
- Yiddish speaker
- Immigration and migration
- Jewish education
- Old Country
- Eastern Europe
- United States
- Politics and political movements
- Yiddish Book Center
- Summer camp
- Cultural transmission
- Yiddish personalities
- Jewish community
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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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