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.

Fay Webern's Oral History

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Fay Webern - New York City native who has written about her life in New York from the Depression years to the end of World War II - was interviewed by Diana Clarke on June 14, 2015 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts.

This interview was conducted in English.

Fay Webern was born in 1927 in New York, New York.

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Themes in this oral history:

  • New York City, Lower East Side, Ukraine, Mr. Dombrovsky, Fred Lavanburg, 1930s, 1940s, Democratic Party, Communism, Kokhaleyns,
  • Family history
  • stories about ancestors
  • Childhood
  • Yiddish language
  • Yiddish scene
  • Immigration
  • Migration
  • Theater
  • Music
  • Dance
  • song
  • singing
  • Film
  • Radio
  • Literature
  • Books
  • Career and Professional Life
  • Synagogue
  • shul
  • temple
  • Jewish holidays
  • Yom Kippor
  • Yom Kippur
  • Feminism
  • Eastern Europe
  • America
  • United States
  • Politics and political movements
  • Summer camp
  • Jewish resorts
  • Yiddish personalities
  • Urban
  • Love
  • Relationships

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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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