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Polina Markovna Shepherd's Oral History
Polina Markovna Shepherd--Yiddish performer, composer, and choir leader--was interviewed by Ze'ev Duckworth on July 16, 2015 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts.
This interview was conducted in English.
Polina Markovna Shepherd was born in Tomsk, USSR.
Video highlights from this oral history
Childhood Stories from her Father: Escaping Kiev and Experiences in Siberia2 minutes 33 seconds
"I Kind Of Miss That TIme": Growing Up in the Soviet Union3 minutes 10 seconds
Polina Markovna Shepherd's Six Major Yiddish Influences5 minutes 18 seconds
On Feeling Different and Developing A Jewish Identity4 minutes 4 seconds
Secondary Education in Kazan and Research on Jewish Music in Tatarstan2 minutes 7 seconds
A Particularly Meaninful Performance: Singing Avinu Malkeinu in Spain2 minutes 44 seconds
On Teaching and Sharing Yiddish Music and Perceiving Herself as an Activist2 minutes 38 seconds
The Challenges of Teaching Yiddish Music2 minutes 24 seconds
The Place of Yiddish Within Jewish Culture1 minute 30 seconds
Playing Yiddish Songs for Boris Yeltsin in Tatarstan2 minutes 9 seconds
"They Hadn't Heard Anything About Yiddish or Klezmer": Bringing my Music to Iceland1 minute 53 seconds
Teaching and Performing for Yiddish Speakers in Sao Paolo1 minute 55 seconds
Teaching Nigunim in the Fields of Ukraine: Performances at a Ukrainian Music Festival1 minute 50 seconds
More information about this oral history
- World War II
- Jewish education
- Family traditions
- Yiddish language
- Yiddish revival and activism
- Post-vernacular uses of Yiddish
- Yiddish scene
- Yiddish speaker
- Soviet Union
- United States
- Eastern Europe
- Cultural transmission
- Jewish community
- Polina Markovna Shepherd
- Soviet Union
- Leonid Sonts
- Simcha Band
- Adrienne Cooper
- Zalmen Mlotek
- Frank London
- Merlin Shepherd
- Lawrence Glamberg
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