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.
Edna Nahshon's Oral History
Edna Nahshon, expert of Jewish theatre and step daughter of Yiddish writer David Aidelman, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on December 18, 2016, at the Association for Jewish Studies Conference in San Diego, California.
This interview was conducted in English.
Video highlights from this oral history
The Importance of Theater and Music to Jewish Life in New York in the Early 20th Century2 minutes 31 seconds
Immigration and Family History1 minute 17 seconds
On My Step-Father, Yiddish writer Dovid Aidelman2 minutes 41 seconds
The Tension Between My Yiddish-Speaking Stepfather, Dovid Aidelman, and My German-Speaking Mother2 minutes 59 seconds
Yiddish in Israel: Historical Memory vs. Experienced Reality1 minute 51 seconds
Some Memories from Tel-Aviv in the 1950s2 minutes 17 seconds
What is the Future of Yiddish Theater?2 minutes 20 seconds
More information about this oral history
- Family histories
- Jewish Identity
- Yiddish language
- Career and Professional Life
- United States
- Politics and political movements
- Descendants of Yiddish personalities
- Beyond the Books
- Jewish community
- Tel Aviv
- David Aidelman
- German language
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Since 2010, the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project has recorded more than 500 in-depth video interviews that provide a deeper understanding of the Jewish experience and the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture.
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