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Bente Kahan's Oral History
Bente Kahan, Jewish-Norwegian performing artist, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on April 27, 2013 in Wroclaw, Poland.
This interview was conducted in English.
Bente Kahan was born in Oslo, Norway in 1958.
Video highlights from this oral history
“How Will We Remember the Jews of Europe?”: Bente Kahan on Memory, History and the Scar of the Holocaust in Poland4 minutes 3 seconds
Yiddish Songs Locked in the Closet1 minute 17 seconds
Performing Mordechai Gebirtig at Yad Vashem5 minutes 2 seconds
“Above the Town”: A Yiddish-Norwegian Cabaret1 minute 40 seconds
Bente Kahan and Jidisz far Alle3 minutes 1 second
"He Wanted Us to Become People of the World, But Not Forget Who We Are”: Bente Kahan Sings the Yiddish Song that Reminds Her Most of her Father4 minutes 40 seconds
Bente Kahan Sings Reyzele by Mordechai Gebirtig2 minutes 39 seconds
More information about this oral history
- Favorite Yiddish word
- Yiddish words
- Family histories
- Jewish Identity
- Yiddish language
- Yiddish learning
- Yiddish revival and activism
- Coming back to Yiddish
- Immigration and migration
- Career and Professional Life
- Eastern Europe
- Cultural transmission
- Jewish community
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