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Iosif Lakhman's Oral History
Iosif Lakhman, z"l, native Yiddish speaker who grew up in the Soviet Union and writer for the Forverts, was interviewed by Aaron Lansky on October 30, 2013 in Brighton, MA.
This interview was conducted in Yiddish.
Iosif Lakhman was born in 1921 in Ukraine. Iosif, z"l, died in 2017.
Video highlights from this oral history
Learning English in Community College Upon Arrival from the Soviet Union1 minute 45 seconds
"I Didn't Have Anyone to Speak with.. So I Read and Read": Reading, Translating, Exchanging Letters to Keep Yiddish Fluency2 minutes 40 seconds
The Language is Not Important, It’s the Knowledge: How I Ended Up In A Jewish School in the Soviet Union2 minutes 6 seconds
The Soviet Yiddish School Held a Passover Dinner with Treyf Food1 minute 32 seconds
August 12,1952: We Had No Idea About the Murder of Peretz Markish and the Soviet Yiddish Poets2 minutes 45 seconds
1937: They Gave a Directive to Round up Six Enemies of the Soviet State From Our Shtetl3 minutes 4 seconds
1936: Reciting a Poem for Itzik Feffer, Soviet Yiddish Poet, When He Visited Our Ukrainian Shtetl3 minutes 57 seconds
More information about this oral history
Themes in this oral history:
- Iosif Lakhman, Ukraine, Dunaivitsi, Dinovitz, Itzik Feffer, Kaddish, Ukrainian, Russian, Yiddish Forverts, memoirs, army, Moscow, Boston, Massachusetts, Peretz Markish, Golda Meir, military,
- Family history
- stories about ancestors
- Eastern Europe
- Jewish education
- Soviet Union
- World War Two
- Jewish holidays
- Yiddish teaching
- Yiddish speaker
- Yiddish scene
- Yiddish language
- Other languages
- Old Country
- United States
- Simchat Torah
- Simkhas torah
- Simkhes toyre
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