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.
Norman Lear's Oral History
Norman Lear, television writer and producer, was interviewed (remotely) by Christa Whitney on December 14th, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
This interview was conducted in English.
Video highlights from this oral history
I Couldn't Wait to Enlist: Norman Lear Remembers Pearl Harbor and the U.S. Entering World War Two
2 min 35 sec
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Moral Quandaries: Norman Lear Reflects on Bombing Germans During World War Two
5 min 12 sec
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He Had to Have the Last Line: Norman Lear Remembers Seeing Maurice Schwartz Perform on Second Ave.
2 min 7 sec
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"I Loved the Way It Tumbled Out of Her Mouth": Norman Lear Remembers Yiddish from His Grandparents
1 min 46 sec
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Forming the "Yenem Velt" Group: "We Had the Great Laughing Time of Our Lives"
2 min 49 sec
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It Was Basically A Party For My Parents: Norman Lear Remembers His Bar Mitzvah
1 min 19 sec
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