BEYLE: The Artist and Her Legacy
The Wexler Oral History Project is excited to present BEYLE: The Artist and Her Legacy, a new short documentary film about beloved Yiddish poet, artist, and activist Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman, z"l. Beyle (pronounced "bay-luh") was born in 1920 and raised in Czernowitz by her father, a proud Yiddishist, and her mother, an admired folksinger. After surviving the Holocaust in Europe, she raised her children in Yiddish in a small community in New York City known as Bainbridgivke. She began writing to provide material in Yiddish for her children’s study and play. Beyle’s poems and songs are part of the fabric of postwar Yiddish culture worldwide. Beyle, who was recognized as a Heritage Fellow by the National Endowment for the Arts, had a lasting impact on many Jewish artists and scholars, as well as on her family, many of whom continue speaking, writing, and working in Yiddish to this day.