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Fyvush Finkel's Oral History
Fyvush Finkel, z"l, comedian, actor, and singer, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on October 23, 2014 in New York, New York.
This interview was conducted in Yiddish and Multiple languages and English.
Fyvush Finkel was born in 1922 in Brooklyn, New York. Fyvush, z"l, died in 2016.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Video highlights from this oral history
"Now there was an actor!" - Fyvush Finkel on Yiddish comic actor Ludwig Satz54 seconds
"For Tragedy, for Comedy, for Everything": Fyvush Finkel on the Yiddish Language1 minute 13 seconds
Ikh Bin a "Boarder" bay Mayn Vayb: Fayvush Finkel1 minute 41 seconds
Fyvush Finkel Remembers the Yiddish Theaters in Brownsville, Brooklyn1 minute 3 seconds
"Overnight, My Name Became Known": Breaking into the Hebrew Actors' Union4 minutes 57 seconds
A Great Institution: Fyvush Finkel on Yiddish Theater2 minutes 21 seconds
My Grandfather's Best Joke3 minutes 15 seconds
More information about this oral history
Themes in this oral history:
- Catskills, New York City, New York, Manhattan, Maurice Schwartz, Molly Picon, National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, Yiddish theater, Yiddish theatre, Hebrew Actor's Union, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, comedy, parody,
- Jewish Identity
- Yiddish language
- Coming back to Yiddish
- Yiddish scene
- Yiddish speaker
- Career and Professional Life
- United States
- Jewish resorts
- Yiddish personalities
- Jewish community
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