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.
Polina Markovna Shepherd's Oral History
Polina Markovna Shepherd was interviewed by Ze'ev Duckworth on July 16, 2015 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts.
This interview was conducted in English.
Video highlights from this oral history
"They Hadn't Heard Anything About Yiddish or Klezmer": Bringing my Music to Iceland0 seconds
The Place of Yiddish Within Jewish Culture0 seconds
Playing Yiddish Songs for Boris Yeltsin in Tatarstan0 seconds
On Feeling Different and Developing A Jewish Identity0 seconds
On Teaching and Sharing Yiddish Music and Perceiving Herself as an Activist0 seconds
Polina Markovna Shepherd's Six Major Yiddish Influences0 seconds
Secondary Education in Kazan and Research on Jewish Music in Tatarstan0 seconds
Teaching and Performing for Yiddish Speakers in Sao Paolo0 seconds
Childhood Stories from her Father: Escaping Kiev and Experiences in Siberia0 seconds
A Particularly Meaninful Performance: Singing Avinu Malkeinu in Spain0 seconds
The Challenges of Teaching Yiddish Music0 seconds
Teaching Nigunim in the Fields of Ukraine: Performances at a Ukrainian Music Festival0 seconds
"I Kind Of Miss That TIme": Growing Up in the Soviet Union0 seconds
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