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A Focus On

This month, in conjunction with Professor Anita Norich's recently published Pakn Treger article, Kadya Molodovsky: A Woman Novelist Rediscovered, we're focusing on the celebrated Yiddish writer. From our Steven Speilberg Digital Yiddish Library, Fun Lublin biz Nyu Yorḳ ṭog-bukh fun Rivḳe Zilberg tells the story of Rivke Zilberg, a twenty-year-old woman who flees the Nazis and comes to her aunt’s home in New York. In her Pakn Treger article, Norich recounts her discovery of two long-forgotten novels by the Yiddish author. And from our Frances Brandt Online Yiddish Audio Library, a remastered recording of Kadya Molodovsky in conversation with Abraham Tabachnik, recorded at Montreal's Jewish Public Library in 1955.


Handpicked Eddy Portnoy

Eddy Portnoy, the academic advisor and exhibits coordinator at YIVO, is one of the leading scholars of Yiddish popular culture. He loves—and knows—it all: cartoons, humor magazines, puppet shows, the underbelly of the Yiddish Press, and, famously, the fighters. His research on the popularity of wrestling among Jews in interwar Poland led to the widely successful YIVO exhibit, Yiddish Fight Club. This month, we’re pleased to share some of Eddy’s selections from the Center's Steven Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library.