The Yiddish Book Center's
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.
Minna Barrett's Oral History
Minna Barrett, psychology professor and granddaughter of Yiddish actor David Baratz, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on April 9, 2016 at the Museum of the City of New York.
This interview was conducted in English.
Video highlights from this oral history
The Vaudeville Thing Was Translated Down to Us: Descendants of Jewish Actors
4 min 54 sec
Slide 4 of 8
One Eye on the Past, One Eye on the Future: Reaction to the MCNY's Yiddish Theater Exhibit
2 min 33 sec
Slide 5 of 8
Artifacts related to this oral history
invitation - First Trembowler Young Friends Benevolent Association - Memorial service for Louis Willner (Minna's grandfather)
invitation - First Trembowler Young Friends Benevolent Association - unveiling for Minnie Willner (Minna's grandmother, wife of Louis Willner)
Title page - constitution and bylaws book - First Trembowler Young Friends Benevolent Association
First Trembowler Young Friends Benevolent Association - founding book (cover) - association started by Minna's grandfather Louis (Sholem Leib) Wilner
Minna's mother age ~17 (front row third from left, wearing fur coat)-group of mother's friends at Lincoln High School in Brooklyn
Inside pages - constitution and bylaws book - First Trembowler Young Friends Benevolent Association