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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Video - Becoming "The Jew": Experiencing Philo and Anti-semitism

Tal Hever-Chybowski, historian and teacher of Yiddish and director of the Paris Yiddish Center Medem Library, explains that, as an Israeli immigrant in Germany, anti-semitism (a different sort than what his grandparents were exposed to) has been a force that's prompted him to explore questions of his own Jewish identity. He shares a anecdote in which a Swiss pastor displays a bizarre fascination with his Jewishness, reducing him to an exotic Other, before making a hateful joke at his expense.

To see more of Tal Hever-Chybowski's interview, and to learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit:

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