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August 12,1952: We Had No Idea About the Murder of Peretz Markish and the Soviet Yiddish Poets
Iosif Lakhman, native Yiddish speaker born in the the Soviet Union, recounts how he did not learn about Stalin's murder of Yiddish writers until much later. He then recalls reciting one of Peretz Markish's poems when he later met his family.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Iosif Lakhman.
This excerpt is in Yiddish.
Iosif Lakhman was born in 1921 in Ukraine. Iosif, z"l, died in 2017.
Other video highlights from this oral history
August 12,1952: We Had No Idea About the Murder of Peretz Markish and the Soviet Yiddish Poets2 minutes 45 seconds
1937: They Gave a Directive to Round up Six Enemies of the Soviet State From Our Shtetl3 minutes 4 seconds
1936: Reciting a Poem for Itzik Feffer, Soviet Yiddish Poet, When He Visited Our Ukrainian Shtetl3 minutes 57 seconds
Learning English in Community College Upon Arrival from the Soviet Union1 minute 45 seconds
"I Didn't Have Anyone to Speak with.. So I Read and Read": Reading, Translating, Exchanging Letters to Keep Yiddish Fluency2 minutes 40 seconds
The Language is Not Important, It’s the Knowledge: How I Ended Up In A Jewish School in the Soviet Union2 minutes 6 seconds
The Soviet Yiddish School Held a Passover Dinner with Treyf Food1 minute 32 seconds
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