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.

Teaching Nigunim in the Fields of Ukraine: Performances at a Ukrainian Music Festival

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Polina Markovna Shepherd, Yiddish performer, composer, and choir leader, recalls her experience as a performer at a music festival in Ukraine. She describes the proud, Ukranian atmosphere of the events, and teaching nigunim in a field near the origins of nigunim themselves.

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.