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.
Helen Stambler Latner's Oral History
Helen Stambler Latner, z"l, z"l, New York City high school English teacher and advice columnist for the Jewish Week, was interviewed by Hankus Netsky on June 5, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.
This interview was conducted in English.
Video highlights from this oral history
Studying with Bella Abzug1 minute 23 seconds
Getting in Trouble with the IRS2 minutes 43 seconds
Beginning of Recording Career with Benedict Stambler2 minutes 15 seconds
Recording Hasidic Music as a Woman3 minutes 43 seconds
Father's Separation from Hasidism1 minute 43 seconds
"Ask Helen Latner": The Story Behind and Stories From An Advice Column Author4 minutes 37 seconds
"Songs of the Bobover Hasidim": Tension in the Bobover Hasidic Community2 minutes 45 seconds
Stories From the Recording Studio with Lubavitcher Hasidim2 minutes 42 seconds
Melave Malkas for the Modzitzer Rebbe1 minute 9 seconds
Dealing with Unfinished Records and Late Husband's Record Collection4 minutes 5 seconds
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