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Joanna Nalewajko-Kulikov's Oral History
Joanna Nalewajko-Kulikov, chair of the Polish Association for Yiddish Studies, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on May 1, 2013 in Warsaw, Poland.
This interview was conducted in English.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Video highlights from this oral history
Researching the Haynt Daily Yiddish Newspaper3 minutes 37 seconds
"Go to a Seder and See What It's Like": Creating Connections Between Jewish Studies and Jewish Life2 minutes 21 seconds
"Like Studies in the Kheyder (Heder)”: Reading and Translating In My Beginning Yiddish Class1 minute 58 seconds
"Everybody Hated It": The Drama of the Yiddish Press1 minute 51 seconds
“If You Want to Really Appreciate Him, Teach Yourself Yiddish”: Itzik Manger & How I Started with Yiddish2 minutes 48 seconds
More information about this oral history
Themes in this oral history:
- Joanna Nalewajko-Kulikov, Warsaw, Poland, Jewish Historical Institute (Warsaw), Institute of HIstory of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Communism, Lutheran,
- Yiddish language
- Yiddish learning
- Other languages
- Career and Professional Life
- Religion and ritual
- Jewish holidays
- Eastern Europe
- Politics and political movements
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