The Yiddish Book Center's
Wexler Oral History Project
A growing collection of in-depth interviews with people of all ages and backgrounds, whose stories about the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture offer a rich and complex chronicle of Jewish identity.
Pavel Lion (Psoy Korolenko)'s Oral History
Pavel Lion (Psoy Korolenko), singer-songwriter, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on August 20, 2014 at KlezKanada in the Laurentian Mountains, Quebec, Canada.
This interview was conducted in English.
Pavel Lion (Psoy Korolenko) was born in Moscow, Russia.
Video highlights from this oral history
The Origins of My Art Name "Psoy Korolenko": Vladimir Korolenko, Anti-Anti-Semitism, and Coptic Saints
5 min 57 sec
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"My Parents Told Me That The Barry Sisters Were German": Growing Up Unaware of but Curious About My Jewishness in the Soviet Union
5 min 28 sec
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"Foreign Languages? They Act Much Like Spells": Cultivating Multilingualism in My Work
5 min 49 sec
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"Akhtsik Er un Zibetsik Zi (He at 80, She at 70)": An Example of Psoy Korolenko's Multilingual Songs
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"Tell the True Story About You and Yiddish": Advice for Newcomers to Contemporary Jewish Music
3 min 55 sec
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