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Philip (Fishl) Kutner's Oral History
Philip (Fishl) Kutner, founder of "Der Bay" a website for Yiddish networking information, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on October 9, 2016 in San Mateo, California.
This interview was conducted in Yiddish and English.
Philip (Fishl) Kutner was born in 1926.
Video highlights from this oral history
A "Pork and Beans Soldier" with a Kosher Kitchen: How My Parents Got Married3 minutes 12 seconds
"What Kind of Person is a Mentsh?": Preserving the Yiddish Language2 minutes 26 seconds
The Founding of the International Association of Yiddish Clubs3 minutes 5 seconds
"My Dad Wanted to be a Cowboy": Philip Kutner's Normal Jewish Childhood2 minutes 15 seconds
"Ergern Nisht (Don't Worry)": Learning Yiddish by Ear2 minutes 56 seconds
Spreading Yiddish Through "Der Bay"1 minute 49 seconds
"What Do You Know About Jewish Storytelling?": Reconnecting with Yiddish in Jonesboro, Tennessee3 minutes 5 seconds
Restoring the Workmen's Circle History3 minutes 25 seconds
From Melons to Mafia: Adventures Working for the Railroad3 minutes 28 seconds
"I Never Forgot that Experience": Paying for Rutgers University through A Hodgepodge of Part-time Jobs4 minutes 58 seconds
"It Was a Total Disaster": The Chicken Farm Flood of 19553 minutes 45 seconds
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