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Yiddish Book Center Oral Histories

On a mission to "preserve, index, and create public access to... precious stories for future generations," the Wexler Oral History Project houses hundreds of interviews, conducted in both Yiddish and English, that celebrate the "life histories" of those featured. The project, launched in 2010, "provide[s] a deeper understanding of the Jewish experience and the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture." The collection includes complete interviews (usually more than an hour in length) as well excerpts (usually under five minutes in length). Scrolling down the main page, readers will find a Highlights From This Collection section, which features particularly outstanding excerpts. Scrolling even further, readers will find a catalog of all the interviews available, alphabetized by interviewee last name. As of this write-up, there are more than 750 recordings available, inviting visitors into "personal stories about Yiddish culture." Clicking on the "Search all Interviews" button (located just above the alphabetized section) leads users to the full catalog, where results can be sorted by language or length. The project is an extension of the Yiddish Book Center (featured in the 02-13-2009 Scout Report), an organization "working to recover, celebrate and regenerate Yiddish and modern Jewish literature and culture."
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2020-06-12
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