The Yiddish Book Center's
Wexler Oral History Project
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.
Irena Klepfisz's Oral History
Irena Klepfisz, lesbian poet & writer, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on September 25, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York.
This interview was conducted in English.
Video highlights from this oral history
"The History That's Never Taught": On the Complexities of the Search for Yiddish Women Writers
6 min 57 sec
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Suddenly I was a Holocaust Survivor: A Child Survivor's Experience of American Holocaust Memorial Events
5 min 54 sec
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Constructing an Identity Apart from My Hero Father: Irena Klepfisz's Memories of the Arbeter Ring Shule
5 min 27 sec
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Growing up in the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union Amalgamated Houses
2 min 48 sec
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Oral history excerpt
My Jewish, Lesbian Experience of Second Wave Feminism and Yiddish Activism
Irena Klepfisz, lesbian poet and writer, reflects on how the intersections of her identity, as a Jewish, Yiddish-speaking, Lesbian, and feminist, has influenced her role in Yiddish culture and Jewish feminist poetry.
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