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.
Sherwin Kaufman and Bel Kaufman's Oral History
Bel and Sherwin Kaufman, grandchildren of Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem, were interviewed by Christa Whitney on April 1st, 2014 in New York City.
This interview was conducted in English.
This interview is part of the Beyond the Books: Yiddish writers and their descendants series.
Video highlights from this oral history
"Read a Merry Story and Remember Me with Laugher": On Sholem Aleichem's Yortsayt2 minutes 53 seconds
Finding Humor in Grief: Sholem Aleichem's Creative Influence in his Grandchildren's Writing3 minutes 27 seconds
Bel Kaufman, z"l, Remembers the Passing of her Grandfather, Sholem Aleichem2 minutes 2 seconds
"Imaginary Characters More Real and True than Real Characters": Describing Sholem Aleichem's Writing1 minute 1 second
More information about this oral history
Themes in this oral history:
- Sholem Aleichem, Bel Kaufman, Sherwin Kaufman,
- Yiddish language
- Family history
- stories about ancestors
- Jewish Identity
- Yiddish learning
- Other languages
- Career and Professional Life
- Family traditions
- Old Country
- Eastern Europe
- Soviet Union
- United States
- Politics and political movements
- children/grandchildren of Yiddish personalities
- Beyond the Books
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