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.

Fyvush Finkel's Oral History

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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.

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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,
  • Advice
  • Childhood
  • Jewish Identity
  • Yiddish language
  • Coming back to Yiddish
  • Yiddish scene
  • Yiddish speaker
  • Theater
  • Dance
  • Music
  • song
  • singing
  • Career and Professional Life
  • United States
  • Jewish resorts
  • Yiddish personalities
  • Jewish community

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About the Wexler Oral History Project

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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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