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.
Henri Oppenheim's Oral History
Henri Oppenheim, klezmer musician based in Montreal, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on August 18, 2016 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
This interview was conducted in English.
Video highlights from this oral history
The Mysteries of Jewish Music1 minute 53 seconds
Setting Yiddish Poetry to Music6 minutes 41 seconds
Learning Yiddish to Go Deeper Into and Beyond Klezmer1 minute 47 seconds
Understand a Language to Understand the Soul1 minute 51 seconds
Learning Yiddish and Love of Words1 minute 17 seconds
Grandmother's Jewishness: Warm, Strong, and Tasty!3 minutes 11 seconds
Reflection on Transmission of Jewish Identity and Culture2 minutes 19 seconds
Activism and Jewish Music for Francophones2 minutes 44 seconds
Can Yiddish Music Be Heard As Word Music?2 minutes 58 seconds
From Math to Klezmer Music4 minutes 13 seconds
It's Important To Know History, and Then Forget It1 minute 50 seconds
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