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.
Goldie Morgentaler's Oral History
Goldie Morgentaler, daughter of Yiddish writer Chava Rosenfarb, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on July 21, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
This interview was conducted in English.
This interview is part of the Beyond the Books: Yiddish writers and their descendants and Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Video highlights from this oral history
"She Was a Beautiful Woman": Chava Rosenfarb's Physical Appearance1 minute 51 seconds
Translating Her Mother's Works5 minutes 10 seconds
Chava Rosenfarb Was a Loving, Warm-Hearted Mother2 minutes 7 seconds
The Tree of Life by Chava Rosenfarb: A Synopsis3 minutes 38 seconds
Getting a Job Teaching Yiddish by Knowing How to Say "Orange"2 minutes 22 seconds
Chava Rosenfarb's Recreation of Her First Poems, Originally Destroyed by Nazis3 minutes 56 seconds
Parents' Experiences in the Lodz Ghetto and Auschwitz Concentration Camp6 minutes 18 seconds
Chava Rosenfarb's School Years in Lodz3 minutes 52 seconds
"They Had No Sense That It Was a Language": American Jews' Dismissive Attitude Towards Yiddish2 minutes 45 seconds
Throwing My Mother's Yiddish Writing Down the Incinerator as a Child1 minute 23 seconds
Chava Rosenfarb's Talent for Painting, Murals, Sculpture, and Tapestry-Making2 minutes 6 seconds
Interactions with Yiddish Writers in Childhood2 minutes 49 seconds
Chava Rosenfarb's Observant Grandparents' Reactions to Their Daughter Becoming An Atheist Bundist2 minutes 3 seconds
Chava Rosenfarb's Social Presence and Dislike of Chitchat1 minute 34 seconds
Chava Rosenfarb's Writing Style2 minutes 48 seconds
More information about this oral history
Themes in this oral history:
- Lodz, Poland, Chava Rosenfarb, 1930s, 1940s, Bund, mother, daughter, translation,
- children/grandchildren of Yiddish personalities
- Beyond the Books
- Politics and political movements
- Eastern Europe
- Family history
- stories about ancestors
- Jewish Identity
- Yiddish language
- Coming back to Yiddish
- Yiddish scene
- Yiddish speaker
- World War Two
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