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.
Lester Thomas Shane's Oral History
Lester Thomas Shane, son of Yiddish actor Sam Shane, was interviewed by Isaac Daniel Moore on April 8, 2016 at the Museum of the City of New York.
This interview was conducted in English.
Lester Thomas Shane was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1952.
Video highlights from this oral history
Honoring the Gift of Yiddishkayt2 minutes 6 seconds
Dust Dancing in the Ghost Light: Backstage at The Dybbuk1 minute 56 seconds
An End-Of-Life Reconciliation on Yom Kippur3 minutes 15 seconds
"Everything Stems from The Dybbuk": Impact of the Yiddish and Theater on My Life2 minutes 45 seconds
Maurice Schwartz, Briefly A Cousin1 minute 46 seconds
Sam Shane Playing Tevye1 minute 15 seconds
Working with Eli Mintz3 minutes 16 seconds
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