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Yiddish Book Center (Christa Whitney)

The Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project is a growing collection of in-depth video interviews with people of all ages, exploring Yiddish cultural topics and issues of modern Jewish identity. The Project is particularly interested in how Yiddish language and culture inform Jewish identity, and how they, along with Jewish values and practices, are transmitted across generations.



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Leonard Nimoy - Jewish actor most well-known for his role as Spock on in the Star Trek science fiction series - was interviewed by Christa Whitney in Los Angeles, California on October 15, 2013.  Parts of this interview are in Yiddish, subtitled in English. To see produced shorts based on this interview, visit:  http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/Leonard-Nimoy . To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story . To cite this...
Topics: Favorite Yiddish word, Yiddish words, Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish...
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Marvin Zuckerman, retired English and Yiddish professor, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on January 17, 2013 in Pacific Palisades, California.  To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish...
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Robert Feder, z"l - attorney, native Yiddish speaker, and longtime Yiddish Book Center member - was interviewed by Michael Yashinsky on December 18, 2015 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Robert Feder Oral History Interview, interviewed by Michael Yashinsky , Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin...
Topics: Advice, Favorite Yiddish word, Yiddish words, Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood,...
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Annette Zakuta and Sylvia Lustgarten, daughters of Yiddish writer Y. Y. Segal, were interviewed by Christa Whitney on May 8, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Annette Zakuta and Sylvia Lustgarten Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, May 8, 2016....
Topics: Yiddish language, Yiddish scene, Press, Literature, Books, Newspapers, Career and Professional...
Murray Sokoloff, Toronto-born native Yiddish speaker, was interviewed (remotely) by Agnieszka Ilwicka on March 21st, 2019 in Emeryville, California. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Murray Sokoloff Oral History Interview, interviewed by Agnieszka Ilwicka, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Emeryville, California, March 21, 2019. Video...
Topics: Advice, Canada, Career and Professional Life, Childhood, Family traditions, Family histories,...
Zalmen Mlotek, Artistic Director of the National Yiddish Theater-Folksbiene, was interviewed (remotely) by Christa Whitney on May 26th, 2022 in Teaneck, New Jersey. Recorded as part of the Collecting These Times: American Jewish Experiences of the Pandemic project with the Council of American Jewish Museums, to record stories from the COVID-19 pandemic from 2020-2022. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit:...
Topics: Career and Professional Life, Family histories, Israel, Music, Relationships, Singing, Theater,...
David Roskies, literary scholar and cultural historian, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on September 23rd, 2019 in New York, NY. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: David Roskies Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, New York, New York, September 23, 2019. Video...
Topics: Academia, Advice, Books, Canada, Career and Professional Life, Eastern Europe, Education, Family...
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Barbara Kupfer Murray was interviewed by Jessica Parker on November 22, 2013 at the Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, MA. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Barbara Kupfer Murray Oral History Interview, interviewed by Jessica Parker, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Yiddish Book Center, Massachusetts, November 22, 2013. Video recording:...
Topics: Coney Island, Brooklyn, Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Paris, France, Poland, Lodz, Soviet Union, New York,...
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Jean Fidelman Kopelman Haber, daughter of Yiddish theater prompter and cousin of English-language novelist Bernard Malamud, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on March 4, 2015 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, New York. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story      To cite this interview: Jean Fidelman Kopelman Haber Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book...
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish...
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Daniel Kahn grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. Daniel's mother was born in Detroit, Michigan, and his father was born in Akron, Ohio. Daniel's four grandparents lived in many different hubs across the nation including the Lower East Side, Wisconsin, and Ohio. Though a self proclaimed American, Daniel reflects on his mother's family's Galician past, and how his father's family left Austria-Hungary for England before immigrating to the United States. Growing up, Daniel went to Temple...
Topics: Detroit, New Orleans, Berlin, Moscow, Krakow, Bund, Union organizing, Reform, German, Psoy...
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Dan Opatoshu, grandson of Yiddish novelist and short story writer Yosef Opatoshu, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on March 12, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview:  Dan Opatoshu Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Los Angeles, CA, 12 March 2014. Video recording,...
Topics: Dan Opatoshu, Yosef Opatoshu, Joseph Opatoshu, Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood,...
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Hanni Dorn, granddaughter of Mark Selchen, editor of Yiddish newspaper in Winnipeg, was interviewed by Emma Morgenstern on March 4, 2015 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Hanni Dorn Oral History Interview, interviewed by Emma Morgenstern, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Museum of Jewish Heritage in New...
Topics: Favorite Yiddish word, Yiddish words, Childhood, Family history, stories about ancestors, Jewish...
Alan Kligerman, founder of Akpharma, advisor for Cornell University's Institute of Food Science, inventor of calcium fortified milk that was later sold as Lactaid, and public speaker and philanthropist, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on January 31st, 2019 in Pleasantville, New Jersey.
Topics: Advice, Family histories, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Career and Professional Life, United States,...
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Simcha Simchovitch, z"l, Yiddish poet, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on July 19, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Simcha Simchovitch Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney , Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Toronto, Ontario, Canada , July 19, 2016 . (https://archive.org/details/...
Topics: Jewish community, Yiddish personalities, Canada, America, Eastern Europe, Holocaust, World War Two,...
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Yosl Bergner, z"l, painter and descendant of Yiddish writers Hinde Bergner and Meylekh (Melech) Ravitch, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on June 23, 2014 in Tel Aviv, Israel. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Yosl Bergner Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Tel Aviv, Israel, June 23, 2014. Video recording,...
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish...
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Edward Katz - brother of Yiddish writer Menke Katz - and his wife, Phyllis, were interviewed by Christa Whitney on May 26, 2013 in Riverdale, NY. This interview is in both Yiddish and English. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Edward & Phyllis Katz Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Riverdale, NY, May...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, nybc, ybc, Yiddish,...
Orev Reena Katz, artist, radio host, and spiritual care provider, was interviewed (remotely) by Nina Pick on October 29th, 2020 in Toronto, ON, Canada. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Orev Reena Katz Oral History Interview, interviewed by Nina Pick, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Toronto, Canada, October 29, 2020. Video...
Topics: Assimilation, Books, Canada, Career and Professional Life, Childhood, Coming back to Yiddish,...
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Sheila Horvitz was interviewed by Mark Gerstein on November 10, 2011 at the Yiddish Book Center. Sheila Horvitz, a lawyer and former teacher, recounts her life growing up in a strong Yiddish atmosphere in New York City in the 1950s. She describes her mother and grandmother’s emigration from a shtetl in Ukraine during the Russian Civil War in 1921, and she shows documents pertaining to their immigration and arrival in the United States. Sheila grew up in an orthodox home and she vividly...
Topics: Family history and stories re. ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language (feelings...
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Joseph Heller, summer 2013 Steiner student, was interviewed by Jessica Parker on July 24, 2013 at the Yiddish Book Center. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Centerâs Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Joseph Heller Oral History Interview, interviewed by Jessica Parker, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin Recording Studio, Yiddish Book Center, July 24, 2013. Video recording, [URL of interview] (...
Topics: Advice, Favorite Yiddish word, Yiddish words, Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood,...
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Wendy Marcus, violinist, Yiddish instructor, and retired journalist, was interviewed (remotely) by Nina Pick on December 7th, 2020 in Seattle, Washington.  To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Wendy Marcus Oral History Interview, interviewed by Nina Pick, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Seattle, Washington, December 7, 2020. Video...
Topics: Advice, Career and Professional Life, Cultural Transmission, Education, Family histories, Jewish...
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Edith Schwarz, niece of Yiddish poet Kadya Molodowsky, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on March 19th, 2018, in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. To  learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To   cite  this interview: Edith Schwarz  Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project,  Jenkintown, Pennsylvania ,  March 19, 2018 . Video recording,...
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Yiddish language, Yiddish speaker, Literature,...
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Minna Barrett, psychology professor and granddaughter of Yiddish actor David Baratz, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on April 9, 2016 at the Museum of the City of New York. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Minna Barrett Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, the Museum of the City of New York, New York ,...
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish...
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Esti Dunow - daughter of Yiddish writer Moshe Dluznowsky and art historian who is an expert on Chaim Soutine - was interviewed by Christa Whitney on April 17, 2015 in New York, New York. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Esti Dunow Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, New York, NY, April 17, 2015....
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish...
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Alvin Becker, retired veterinarian, was interviewed by Rola Younes on December 3, 2013 in Amherst, MA. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story. To cite this interview: Alvin Becker Oral History Interview, interviewed by Rola Younes, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin Recording Studio, Yiddish Book Center, December 3, 2013. Video recording,...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, nybc, ybc, Yiddish,...
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Anthony Russell, trained bass opera singer and notable Yiddish art song performer, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on January 9, 2012 at his home in Oakland, California. The interview focuses on Anthony's experiences in forming his Jewish identity, his conversion to Judaism, career transformation from opera to Yiddish art song and folk performance, and relationship with the secular Jewish and black communities. Anthony begins by discussing his family’s geographic origins in Fort Worth,...
Topics: National Yiddish Book Center, Anthony Russell,, Wexler Oral History Project, nybc, ybc, Yiddish....
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Gloria Weiner Weiss, former Yiddish child actress on the radio and stage, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on November 21, 2017 in Manchester, Connecticut. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Gloria Weiner Weiss Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Manchester, Connecticut, November 21, 2017. Video...
Topics: Childhood, Yiddish language, Yiddish scene, Yiddish speaker, Theater, Radio, Channukah, Khanukah,...
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Velvel Pasternak, z"l , was interviewed by Hankus Netsky on August 15, 2011 at his home in New York. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Velvel Pasternak Oral History Interview, interviewed by Hankus Netsky, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Cedarhurst, NY, August 15, 2011. Video recording, http://archive.org/details/VelvelPasternak15aug2011YiddishBookCenter ( [date accessed] )
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Talia Billig, Jewish singer-songwriter, was interviewed (remotely) by Nina Pick on October 29th, 2020 in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Talia Billig Oral History Interview, interviewed by Nina Pick, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, October 29, 2020. Video...
Topics: Assimilation, Career and Professional Life, Childhood, Eastern Europe, Family histories, Family...
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Arthur Klein was interviewed by Christa Whitney on October 12, 2011 at the Yiddish Book Center. Arthur Klein’s interview paints a vivid picture of early twentieth century life in Brownsville, Brooklyn, where he grew up. Arthur provides meticulous details about his childhood in Brownsville. He describes his grandparents as Jews from Russian who often spoke English, but occasionally slipped into Yiddish. His parents were English speakers, but his neighborhood was a Jewish, or as he sometimes...
Topics: Advice, Favorite Yiddish word, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language (feelings of/about, meaning,...
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Benzion Miller, world-renowned Hassidic cantor and collector and composer of nigunim (wordless melodies), was interviewed by Hankus Netsky in Borough Park, New York on June 6, 2012. Parts of this interview are in Yiddish. Benzion was born in a Displaced Persons camp in Germany. He was raised in a musical family - his father was also a cantor - in various neighborhoods in Brooklyn, New York. He recalls listening to WEVD Yiddish radio with his parents and discusses his memories of the Brownsville...
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Music, song,...
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Uwe von Seltmann, German author and journalist, was interviewed by Agnieszka Ilwicka on January 3, 2016 in Krakow, Poland. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Uwe von Seltmann Oral History Interview, interviewed by Agnieszka Ilwicka , Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Krakow, Poland, January 3, 2016....
Topics: Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish learning, Yiddish revival and activism,...
Craig Judelman, musician, composer, and educator, was interviewed (remotely) by Nina Pick on March 31st, 2022 in Berlin, Germany. Recorded as part of the Collecting These Times: American Jewish Experiences of the Pandemic project with the Council of American Jewish Museums, to record stories from the COVID-19 pandemic from 2020-2022. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Craig...
Topics: Career and Professional Life, Childhood, Eastern Europe, Education, Family traditions, Food,...
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Hadasa Cytrynowicz was interviewed by Christa Whitney on November 19, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Hadasa Cytrynowicz Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Los Angeles, CA, November 19, 2014. https://archive.org/details/HadasaCytrynowicz19Nov2014YiddishBookCenter...
Topics: Advice, Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language,...
Ruth Zuckerbrod and Elliot Isban, children of Yiddish writer Shmuel Isban, were interviewed by Christa Whitney on February 9th, 2020 in Highland Beach, Florida. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Ruth Zuckerbrod Elliot Isban Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Highland Beach, Florida, February 9, 2020....
Topics: Books, Descendants of Yiddish personalities, Family histories, Immigration and migration, Israel,...
Samuel Norich, president of the Forward, was interviewed (remotely) by Christa Whitney on May 3rd, 2022 in Brooklyn, New York. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Samuel Norich Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Brooklyn, New York, May 3, 2022. Video...
Topics: Career and Professional Life, Childhood, Newspapers, Politics and political movements, United...
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Goldie Morgentaler, daughter of Yiddish writer Chava Rosenfarb, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on July 21, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Goldie Morgentaler Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, July 21, 2016. Video recording,...
Topics: Love, Relationships, children/grandchildren of Yiddish personalities, Beyond the Books, Politics...
Marcel Kshensky, educator and son of Holocaust survivors, was interviewed by Nina Pick on April 4th, 2019 in New York, NY. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Marcel Kshensky Oral History Interview, interviewed by Nina Pick, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, New York, New York, April 4, 2019. Video...
Topics: Family histories, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Immigration and migration, Music,...
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Daniel Forman, grandson of Yiddish writer Solomon Simon, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on December 7, 2017 in Newton, Massachusetts. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Daniel Forman Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Newton, Massachusetts, December 7, 2017. Video recording,...
Topics: Love, Relationships, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Career and Professional Life,...
Débora Perla (Dvoire Perl) Sneh, daughter of the writer Simja Sneh and an expert in the literature of the Holocaust, was interviewed (remotely) by Christa Whitney on January 6th, 2022 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Débora Perla (Dvoire Perl) Sneh Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral...
Topics: Academia, Books, Career and Professional Life, Childhood, Coming back to Yiddish, Descendants of...
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Zvi Mann, son of Yiddish writer Mendl Mann, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on June 18, 2014 in Tel Aviv, Israel. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Zvi Mann Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Tel Aviv, Israel, June 18, 2014. (https://archive.org/details/ZviMann18Jun2014YiddishBookCenter) ([date...
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Yiddish language, Yiddish scene, Yiddish...
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Ruth Stark, founding board member of the Yiddish Book Center, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on September 25, 2017 in New York City. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story Ruth Stark Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, New York, New York, September 25, 2017. Video recording,...
Topics: Yiddish language, Jewish Identity, Yiddish learning, Yiddish speaker, Scholarship, Academia, Books,...
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Michael Yashinsky, stage director, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on June 5, 2013 in Amherst, MA. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To Cite this Interview: Michael Yashinsky Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Yiddish Book Center, Karmazin Recording Studio, June 5, 2013. Video recording,...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, nybc, ybc, Yiddish,...
Christin Zühlke, Ph.D. Student at the Center for Research on Antisemitism, Technical University Berlin, was interviewed by Agnieszka Ilwicka on December 17th, 2019 in San Diego, California. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Christin Zühlke Oral History Interview, interviewed by Agnieszka Ilwicka, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, San Diego, California,...
Topics: Academia, Advice, Antisemitism, Books, Career and Professional Life, Cultural Transmission, Eastern...
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Harriet Bonfeld, educator, is the daughter of the late Leon Feinberg, Yiddish poet, author of many books, and regional editor for the Yiddish newspaper Der Tog. Harriet speaks briefly of her father’s background growing up outside of Odessa (the same town as Marc Chagall). She remembers that her father liked to talk about his parents and grandparents, who were wealthy in Russia before the Bolshevik Revolution. She knows that he came to America the first time alone at age 14 to look for his...
Topics: Wexler Oral History Project, Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center
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Jericho Vincent, rabbinical candidate, writer, activist and educator, was interviewed (remotely) by Nina Pick on November 2nd, 2012 in Brooklyn, New York. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Jericho Vincent Oral History Interview, interviewed by Nina Pick, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Brooklyn, New York, November 2, 2021. Video...
Topics: Career and Professional Life, Childhood, Eastern Europe, Education, Family traditions, Feminism,...
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David and Ben Burstin, Yiddish-speaking brothers from Melbourne, Australia, were interviewed by Christ a Whitney on February 10, 2017, in Melbourne, Australia. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: David and Ben Burstin Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Melbourne, Australia, February 10, 2017. Video...
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish scene, Yiddish...
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Henry Kellerman, psychotherapist and author, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on October 24, 2014 in New York, New York. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Henry Kellerman Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, New York City, NY, October 24, 2014. Video recording,...
Topics: Advice, Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language,...
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Tova Weiss, teacher and tour guide, was interviewed by Lynn Yanis on September 16th, 2014, at the Yiddish Book Center. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Centerâs Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story Tova Weiss Oral History Interview, interviewed by Lynn Yanis, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin Recording Studio, Yiddish Book Center, September 16, 2014. https://archive.org/details/TovaWeiss16sept2014YiddishBookCenter...
Topics: Advice, Favorite Yiddish word, Yiddish words, Family history, stories about ancestors, Yiddish...
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Sender (Sasha) Laub, carpenter and machinist born in Poland, was interviewed by Rola Younes on April 18, 2014 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Sender (Sasha) Laub Oral History Interview, interviewed by Rola Younes, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin Recording Studio, Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, MA,...
Topics: Yiddish language, Immigration, Migration, Holocaust, World War Two, Israel, Zionism, Eastern...
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Yelena Lembersky, granddaughter of Soviet Jewish artist Felix Lembersky, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on March 30, 2015 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Yelena Lembersky Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin Recording Studio, Yiddish Book...
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Hebrew,...
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Ben Zion Shenker, a world-renowned composer of nigunim (wordless melodies) in the Modzitzer Hasidic dynasty's tradition, was interviewed by Hankus Netsky on July 3, 2012 in Brooklyn, New York. Ben Zion was raised in a musical home. His father was a cantor and he was considered a child prodigy by many. Throughout his career, Ben Zion has appeared on WEVD Yiddish Radio and has composed and recorded many niggunim which are used throughout the Orthodox world. To learn more about the Wexler Oral...
Topics: Jewish education, Music, song, singing, Radio, Israel, Family history, stories about ancestors,...
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Sam Waizman, Holocaust survivor born in Warsaw, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on March 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Sam Waizman Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Los Angeles, California, March 13, 2014....
Topics: Advice, Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language,...
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Irena Klepfisz, lesbian poet, writer, and activist, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on September 25, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story   To cite this interview: Irena Klepfisz Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Brooklyn, New York, September 25, 2017. Video recording,...
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish...
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Shirley (Shifra) Katz [Schachter], a child singer and performer for Yiddish vaudeville, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on March 3, 2015 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, New York. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Shirley (Shifra) Katz [Schachter] Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, the Museum...
Topics: Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish learning, Yiddish scene, Yiddish speaker,...
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Arthur Allan Seidelman, Emmy award-winning director and nephew of Yiddish performers Isidore and Jennie Cashier, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on November 30, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. T o  learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To   cite  this interview: Arthur Allan Seidelman Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, ...
Topics: Theater, Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Yiddish language, Yiddish scene, Film,...
Arthur Moshlak, retired electrician and grandson of a member of the Vilna Theater Troupe, was interviewed by Nina Pick on April 21st, 2019 in Millerton, New York. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Arthur Moshlak Oral History Interview, interviewed by Nina Pick, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Millerton, New York, April 21, 2019. Video...
Topics: Family histories, Childhood, Jewish identity, Yiddish language, Immigration and migration, Hebrew,...
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Nora Feinstein, 2010 participant in the Steiner Summer Yiddish Program at the Yiddish Book Center, was interviewed by Emma Morgenstern on July 23, 2010 at the Yiddish Book Center. Nora grew up in a Reform Jewish family in Baltimore, Maryland and participated in Reform Jewish life. National Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) was a defining aspect of her high school life. She describes herself as a “Jewish life dork” in high school. Through NFTY (pronounced “nifty”), she realized it could...
Topics: Denominationalism, Reform Judaism, Baltimore Jewish Community, Jewish Theological Seminary,...
Ricki Greenblatt, former Camp Kinderland counselor and chorus singer, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on February 10th, 2020 in Boynton Beach, Florida. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Ricki Greenblatt Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Boynton Beach, Florida, February 10, 2020. Video...
Topics: Education, Jewish education, Music, Relationships, Secular, Singing, Summer camp, United States,...
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Vivian Felsen, professional translator and granddaughter of Yiddish writer I. Medres, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on July 21, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Viivan Felsen Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, July 21, 2016 ....
Topics: Advice, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish learning, Coming back to Yiddish,...
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Moshe Kraus, Holocaust survivor and first chief cantor of the Israel Defense Forces, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on November 4th, 2016, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Moshe Kraus Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, November 4, 2016....
Topics: Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish speaker, Music, song, singing, Career and Professional...
Cookie Segelstein, klezmer violinist, was interviewed by Nina Pick on July 18th, 2019 in Weimar, Germany. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Cookie Segelstein Oral History Interview, interviewed by Nina Pick, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Weimar, Germany, July 18, 2019. Video...
Topics: Career and Professional Life, Childhood, Eastern Europe, Heritage, Holocaust, Immigration and...
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Ruth Levin, singer and daughter of Yiddish orator, singer, and performer Leibu Levin, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on June 25, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Ruth Levin Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Jerusalem, Israel, June 25, 2014 ....
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish...
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Larry Rosenwald—professor of English at Wellesley College, translator & translation theorist/critic—was interviewed by Christa Whitney on December 20th, 2018 at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Larry Rosenwald Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project,...
Topics: Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish learning, Music, song, singing, Literature,...
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Carol Tellerman, z"l, member of the Hazomir Chorale of pre-WWII Lodz, Poland, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on March 14, 2013 in North Miami Beach, Florida. This interview is entirely in Yiddish. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Carol Tellerman Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, N. Miami Beach, FL,...
Topics: song, singing, Childhood, Yiddish language, Immigration, Migration, Music, Eastern Europe, United...
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Judith Dick Kellman, Yiddish speaker from Brooklyn, New York, was interviewed by Agnieszka Ilwicka on March 27, 2017 in Berkeley, California. To  learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To   cite  this interview: Judith Dick Kellman  Oral History Interview, interviewed by Agnieszka Ilwicka, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project,  Berkeley, California ,  March 27, 2017 . Video...
Topics: Advice, Favorite Yiddish word, Yiddish words, Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood,...
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Professor Chava Turniansky, Professor Emeritus of Yiddish literature at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on June 17, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit:  www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story Chava Turniansky Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Jerusalem, Israel, June 17, 2014....
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish...
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Chana Mlotek, renowned musicologist and folklorist specializing in Yiddish music, theatre, and poetry, was interviewed by Hankus Netsky on August 15, 2011 at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York City. Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1922, Eleanor “Chana” Gordon and her older sister Malka grew up in the Sholem Aleichem Amalgamated Homes in the Bronx where they were immersed in Yiddish language and culture. Their father was an amateur actor who instilled a love for Yiddish music...
Topics: Yiddish language, Yiddish teaching, Yiddish revival and activism, Yiddish speaker, Yiddish scene,...
Paul Lieberman, Yiddish speaker from New York, was interviewed (remotely) by Marianne Tatom on March 12th, 2021 in Torrance, California. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Paul Lieberman Oral History Interview, interviewed by Marianne Tatom, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Torrance, California, March 12, 2021. Video...
Topics: Academia, Career and Professional Life, Childhood, Cultural Transmission, Education, Food, Israel,...
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Fay Webern - New York City native who has written about her life in New York from the Depression years to the end of World War II - was interviewed by Diana Clarke on June 14, 2015 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Fay Webern Oral History Interview, interviewed by Diana Clarke, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History...
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Yiddish language, Yiddish scene, Immigration,...
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Bel Kaufman, z"l, granddaughter of Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem and author of award-winning novels, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on April 1st, 2014, in New York City. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Centerâs Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story Bel Kaufman Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, New York City, April 1, 2014....
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish...
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Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman z"l, Yiddish poet and educator, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on August 26, 2012 at Yidish-Vokh in Maryland.  This interview is entirely in Yiddish. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story. To cite this interview: Beyle Schaechter Gottesman Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Yidish-Vokh, Maryland, August 26, 2012....
Topics: Yiddish language interview, Yiddish speaker, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Soviet Union,...
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Barbara Buloff, daughter of Yiddish actors Joseph Buloff & Luba Kadison, and granddaughter of Leib Kadison, cofounder of the Vilna Troupe, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on January 11th, 2017, in New York City.   To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Barbara Buloff Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History...
Topics: Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish scene, Theater, Jewish professions,...
Patrick Farrell, accordion player who specializes in klezmer music, was interviewed by Nina Pick on July 19th, 2019 in Weimar, Germany. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Patrick Farrell Oral History Interview, interviewed by Nina Pick, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Weimar, Germany, July 19, 2019. Video...
Topics: Career and Professional Life, Childhood, Eastern Europe, Klezmer, Music, Synagogue, Travel, United...
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Henry Dunow, literary agent and son of Yiddish writer Moyshe Dluznowsky, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on June 5, 2013 in Amherst, MA. Henry is the son of Yiddish winter (novelist, journalist, playwright) Moyshe Dluznowsky. In this interview, he spoke of his father; his history, personality, writing, physical appearance and how he was as a father. Our conversation often referenced parts of Henry's book The Way Home. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit:...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, nybc, ybc, Yiddish,...