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A Career Yiddish Actress on The Current State of Yiddish Cultural Production in Israel
Shura Grinhoyz-Turkow—Yiddish actress and activist born in Bialystok, now living in Israel—reflects on the state of Yiddish theater in Israel, the future of Yiddish art, and how the Yiddish world is generally "shlepping along."
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Shura Grinhoyz-Turkow.
This excerpt is in Yiddish.
Shura Grinhoyz-Turkow was born in Bialystok, Poland in 1925. Shura, z"l, died in 2020.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
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A Career Yiddish Actress on The Current State of Yiddish Cultural Production in Israel2 minutes
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I Played in Yoshe Kalb with Maurice Schwartz1 minute 45 seconds
Multilingual and Full of Actors: Shura Grinhoyz-Turkow Remembers Her Childhood Home58 seconds
It Started On Stage: My Great Love with Yiddish Actor, Itzhak Turkow59 seconds
Bialystock Was a Jewish City: Memories from the Interwar and Immediate Post-War Periods2 minutes 3 seconds
I Cried the Entire Time: A Successful Yiddish Actress's First Year in Israel1 minute 38 seconds
Ida Kaminska and Yiddish Theater in Post-War Warsaw1 minute 35 seconds
He Made the Difficult Switch from Yiddish to Hebrew: Zygmunt Turkow's Theater Career1 minute 17 seconds
My Mother Married an Actor and My Grandparents Didn't Approve1 minute 20 seconds
Memories of A Great Yiddish Theater in Bialystok1 minute 11 seconds
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