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.
Yale (Yitskhok) Strom's Oral History
Yale Strom - musical performer, artist, and ethnographic collector of Yiddish music - was interviewed by Christa Whitney on December 21, 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 Beginning of Yale Strom's Ethnographic Career: An Old Age Home in Zagreb6 minutes 21 seconds
Getting Involved in Music8 minutes 43 seconds
Memories from Shemini Atzereth and Simchas Torah2 minutes 24 seconds
Between Hashomer Hatsair and Hasidism: Yale Strom's Childhood in Detroit2 minutes 29 seconds
"What Really Spoke was the Violin": Navigating Eastern Europe2 minutes 49 seconds
It's About the Derekh (The Path): Yale Strom on Religion3 minutes 24 seconds
An Eyste from Yale Strom3 minutes 30 seconds
Racial Prejudice Within the Jewish Community2 minutes 48 seconds
Stoliner Nign from Father's Family3 minutes
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