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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.
Sherwin Kaufman was born in Odessa, Ukraine in 1920. Sherwin, z"l, died in 2014.
Bel Kaufman was born in Berlin, Germany in 1911.
Video highlights from this oral history
"Imaginary Characters More Real and True than Real Characters": Describing Sholem Aleichem's Writing1 minute 1 second
Bel Kaufman, z"l, Remembers the Passing of her Grandfather, Sholem Aleichem2 minutes 2 seconds
Finding Humor in Grief: Sholem Aleichem's Creative Influence in his Grandchildren's Writing3 minutes 27 seconds
"Read a Merry Story and Remember Me with Laugher": On Sholem Aleichem's Yortsayt2 minutes 53 seconds
More information about this oral history
- Yiddish language
- Family histories
- Jewish Identity
- Yiddish learning
- Immigration and migration
- Career and Professional Life
- Family traditions
- Old Country
- Eastern Europe
- Soviet Union
- United States
- Politics and political movements
- Descendants of Yiddish personalities
- Beyond the Books
- Cultural transmission
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