(Video) What was it like to grow up as a child vaudevillian in the Catskills?

The Catskills has been the definitive destination for American Jews taking summer vacations for more than a century, but what was it like to live in the Catskills full time? What about growing up there as a child performer? In the above video, Shirley Schachter Katz, a child singer and performer for Yiddish vaudeville, talks about life in the Catskills’ bungalow colonies. Below, she recounts her dawning realization that not everyone looked kindly on child labor.

05/03/2017 12:33 PM by David Kinzer