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.
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.
Video highlights from this oral history
"My Dad Wanted to be a Cowboy": Philip Kutner's Normal Jewish Childhood0 seconds
"What Do You Know About Jewish Storytelling?": Reconnecting with Yiddish in Jonesboro, Tennessee0 seconds
Restoring the Workmen's Circle History0 seconds
A "Pork and Beans Soldier" with a Kosher Kitchen: How My Parents Got Married0 seconds
From Melons to Mafia: Adventures Working for the Railroad0 seconds
The Founding of the International Association of Yiddish Clubs0 seconds
"What Kind of Person is a Mentsh?": Preserving the Yiddish Language0 seconds
"I Never Forgot that Experience": Paying for Rutgers University through A Hodgepodge of Part-time Jobs0 seconds
"It Was a Total Disaster": The Chicken Farm Flood of 19550 seconds
Spreading Yiddish Through "Der Bay"0 seconds
"Ergern Nisht (Don't Worry)": Learning Yiddish by Ear0 seconds
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