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.
Marlyn Butchins's Oral History
Marlyn Butchins, quilting artist who grew up in Bulawayo, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), was interviewed by Agnieszka Ilwicka on July 13, 2015 in Kfar Saba, Israel.
This interview was conducted in English.
Video highlights from this oral history
Mother's Use of Yiddish With Family Members3 minutes 20 seconds
Losing her Mother and Sister in the Dizengoff Bombing and Subsequent Quilting Project10 minutes 50 seconds
Jewish Life in Bulawayo4 minutes 3 seconds
My Recipe for Chopped Liver: Favorite Traditional Jewish Dishes4 minutes 7 seconds
Growing Up in Segregated Bulawayo with African Servants7 minutes 12 seconds
"My Two Elder Brothers Were in a Pop Band": Growing Up in a Musical Family2 minutes 18 seconds
More information about this oral history
- Favorite Yiddish word
- Yiddish words
- Family histories
- Jewish Identity
- Yiddish language
- Yiddish learning
- Yiddish revival and activism
- Coming back to Yiddish
- Immigration and migration
- Career and Professional Life
- Jewish professions
- World War II
- Jewish education
- Family traditions
- Jewish holidays
- Eastern Europe
- Soviet Union
- United States
- Politics and political movements
- Yiddish Book Center
- Youth group
- Summer camp
- Jewish resorts
- Cultural transmission
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