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.
Esther Gottesman's Oral History
Esther Gottesman, granddaughter of Yiddish poet Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman and daughter of Itzik Gottesman, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on January 10th, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York.
This interview was conducted in Yiddish and English.
Video highlights from this oral history
"She Had Friends All Over the World": How Beyle Kept Her Home Full of Art and Yiddish3 minutes 15 seconds
Beyle's House on Bainbridge Avenue3 minutes 52 seconds
Beyle's Many Mediums: Descriptions of Her Paintings, Drawings, and Poetry4 minutes 9 seconds
Hearing Harbslid Now: How My Relationship to My Grandmother's Songs Has Changed2 minutes 50 seconds
My Great Grandmother, Lifshe Schaechter-Vidman2 minutes 51 seconds
A Yiddish Kid in Austin, Texas: How I Felt About Yiddish Growing Up4 minutes 4 seconds
Why Beyle Needed to Make Art: The Force Behind a Massive Body of Work1 minute 53 seconds
Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman's Children's Songs: Writing Songs Was How She Showed Affection2 minutes 12 seconds
More information about this oral history
- Family histories
- Yiddish language
- Jewish Identity
- Yiddish teaching
- Yiddish speaker
- United States
- Cultural transmission
- New York
- New York City
- Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman
- Itzik Gottesman
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