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Alec (Leyzer) Burko's Oral History
Alec (Leyzer) Burko, a graduate student and staff member at the Yiddish Forverts, was interviewed by Jordan Kutzik on March 12, 2012 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. This interview is entirely in Yiddish.
This interview was conducted in Yiddish.
Alec (Leyzer) Burko was born in Carbondale, Illinois in 1978.
Video highlights from this oral history
Two Films That Touched My Soul: The Beginning of My Interest in Yiddish and Yidishkayt2 minutes 30 seconds
Veteran Staff Members at the Forverts Yiddish Daily Newspaper1 minute 38 seconds
Exploring the Hasidic Community: Going Full-Circle with My Interest in Religion3 minutes 5 seconds
At Least It Will Outlast Me: Possible Futures for Yiddish3 minutes 9 seconds
Nahum Stutchkoff, renowned Yiddish linguist, and His Career on the WEVD Yiddish Radio3 minutes 14 seconds
Meeting Isaac Bashevis Singer - At Six Months Old1 minute 4 seconds
Artifacts related to this oral history
More information about this oral history
- Jewish Identity
- Yiddish language
- Yiddish learning
- Yiddish revival and activism
- Yiddish scene
- Career and Professional Life
- Eastern Europe
- United States
- Alec Burko
- Leyzer Burko
- New York City
- Yiddish Forverts
- Jewish Theological Seminary
- National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene
- Yiddish theater
- Yiddish theatre
- Yiddish radio
- Nahum Stutchkoff
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