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.
Chana Szlang Gonshor's Oral History
Chana Szlang Gonshor, native Yiddish speaker born in 1919 in Warsaw, was interviewed by Jordan Kutzik and her daughter-in-law Anna Gonshor on December 14, 2011 at the Montreal Jewish Public Library in Montreal, Canada.
This interview was conducted in Yiddish.
Chana Szlang Gonshor was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1919.
Video highlights from this oral history
"The Gypsy-Life is Cheerful": Yiddish song from the Medem Sanatorium2 minutes 3 seconds
Chana Szlang Gonshor Sings "Working Lads" by Yosl Mlotek1 minute 56 seconds
Chana Szlang Gonshor's Arrival in Halifax2 minutes 10 seconds
"Children's Republic": The Medem Sanatorium1 minute 30 seconds
A Typical Day At The Medem Sanatorium2 minutes 33 seconds
1932: Communists Attack the Bundist Medem Sanatorium3 minutes 17 seconds
Remembering a Poor Jewish Home in Pre-War Warsaw2 minutes 21 seconds
Chana Szlang Gonshor Sings "The Worker's Marseillaise" in Yiddish1 minute 23 seconds
A First-hand Account Of The Medem Sanatorium5 minutes 29 seconds
A Refugee's First Impression Of The Montreal Peretz Shule1 minute 38 seconds
Passing Yiddish Down In The Family1 minute 27 seconds
More information about this oral history
- Family histories
- Jewish Identity
- Yiddish language
- Yiddish learning
- Yiddish teaching
- Post-vernacular uses of Yiddish
- Immigration and migration
- Visual Arts
- Family traditions
- Jewish holidays
- Eastern Europe
- Soviet Union
- United States
- Politics and political movements
- Cultural transmission
- Jewish community
- Yosl Mlotek
- Medem Sanatorium
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