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.

"They Hadn't Heard Anything About Yiddish or Klezmer": Bringing my Music to Iceland

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  • Polina Markovna Shepherd, Yiddish performer, composer, and choir leader, reflects on her trip to Iceland with a choir group. She describes the exchange of knowledge and culture, and the amazing, advanced, creative music they were able to create together.

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 series.

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About the Wexler Oral History Project

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Since 2010, the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project has recorded more than 500 in-depth video interviews that provide a deeper understanding of the Jewish experience and the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture.

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