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“All of a Sudden… I Said Yes!”: Becoming the President of the Workmen's Circle
Barnett Zumoff, Yiddish translator and President Emeritus of the Workmen's Circle/Arbeiter Ring, describes when he first decided to join the leadership of the Workmen's Circle, and his first impression of Aaron Lansky, current President of the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Barnett Zumoff.
This excerpt is in English.
Barnett Zumoff was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1926.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
“All of a Sudden… I Said Yes!”: Becoming the President of the Workmen's Circle2 minutes 8 seconds
Kiev and the Statue of the (In)Famous Khmelnitsky1 minute 44 seconds
Learning Yiddish In America: Jewish Secular School Systems in the Early 20th Century1 minute 22 seconds
A Translator Recalls Encounters with Avrom Sutzkever3 minutes 57 seconds
The Composing Room of the Forverts (Yiddish Daily Forward) Newspaper2 minutes 21 seconds
'Really? Show Me!': Rising to the Challenge of Yiddish Translation3 minutes 14 seconds
“Geknipts Un Gebunden” (Attached at the Hip): Working with Yosl Mlotek2 minutes 34 seconds
"Start With the Greats": A Beginner's Guide to Yiddish Poetry1 minute 24 seconds
“There Are Some Younger People Who Are Creating Yiddish Literature”: A List1 minute 21 seconds
More information about this oral history excerpt
- Jewish Identity
- Yiddish language
- Yiddish teaching
- Yiddish revival and activism
- Yiddish scene
- Yiddish speaker
- Career and Professional Life
- Jewish professions
- Jewish education
- United States
- Politics and political movements
- Yiddish Book Center
- Cultural transmission
- Yiddish personalities
- Jewish community
- Barnett Zumoff
- Yosl Mlotek
- Workmen's Circle
- Arbeter Ring
- Aaron Lansky
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