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David Botwinik's Oral History
David Botwinik, Vilna-born composer and Yiddish-language activist, was interviewed by Jordan Kutzik on December 13, 2011 at the Jewish Public Library in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
This interview was conducted in Yiddish.
David Botwinik was born in Vilna, Lithuania.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Video highlights from this oral history
Becoming a Cantor at the Age of Eleven in Vilna, Lithuania2 minutes 27 seconds
David Botwinik Remembers Joining a Choir in Lithuania as a Young Boy1 minute 53 seconds
"It Should Be Just Like a Photograph": Collecting Ghetto Songs with Shmerke Kaczerginski2 minutes 46 seconds
Postwar Kibbutz in Lodz4 minutes 14 seconds
Jewish Music Conservatory3 minutes 21 seconds
A Native Yiddish Speaker from Vilna's Thoughts on the Future of Yiddish4 minutes 24 seconds
Working as a Music Copier1 minute 58 seconds
More information about this oral history
Themes in this oral history:
- Katsharginski, Bund, Tsisho, Jewish Public Library, 1930s, 2000s,
- Family history
- stories about ancestors
- Jewish Identity
- Yiddish language
- Yiddish teaching
- Yiddish learning
- Yiddish revival and activism
- Other languages
- Career and Professional Life
- Jewish professions
- Eastern Europe
- Western Europe
- Soviet Union
- United States
- Politics and political movements
- Summer camp
- Jewish community
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