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.
Molly Fogarty's Oral History
Molly Fogarty, Springfield librarian who was born in Munich, was interviewed by Tanya Panova on February 12, 2016 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts.
This interview was conducted in English.
Video highlights from this oral history
Family's Traditions for Sitting Shiva1 minute 13 seconds
Early Childhood Memories of Munich2 minutes 32 seconds
Exorcisms and Warding Off the Evil Eye: Grandmother's Eastern European Superstitions2 minutes 5 seconds
Father's Childhood in Poland and Exile to Siberia3 minutes 55 seconds
Gefilte Fish, Kishka, and Chicken Fat Smeared on Rye Bread: Family's Culinary Traditions4 minutes 13 seconds
Assimilation and Maintaining a Jewish Identity3 minutes 30 seconds
More information about this oral history
- Favorite Yiddish word
- Yiddish words
- Family histories
- Jewish Identity
- Yiddish language
- Immigration and migration
- Yiddish speaker
- Career and Professional Life
- World War II
- Jewish education
- Family traditions
- Jewish holidays
- Eastern Europe
- Western Europe
- Soviet Union
- United States
- Summer camp
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