The Yiddish Book Center's
Wexler Oral History Project
A growing collection of in-depth interviews with people of all ages and backgrounds, whose stories about the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture offer a rich and complex chronicle of Jewish identity.
Playing Yiddish Songs for Boris Yeltsin in Tatarstan
Polina Markovna Shepherd, Yiddish performer, composer, and choir leader, describes playing Yiddish songs for Boris Yeltsin in Tatarstan for his second election as Russian president.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Polina Markovna Shepherd.
This excerpt is in English.
Polina Markovna Shepherd was born in Tomsk, USSR.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Childhood Stories from her Father: Escaping Kyiv and Experiences in Siberia
2 min 33 sec
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On Teaching and Sharing Yiddish Music and Perceiving Herself as an Activist
2 min 38 sec
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"They Hadn't Heard Anything About Yiddish or Klezmer": Bringing my Music to Iceland
1 min 53 sec
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