Confessions of a Yiddish Writer: The Life and Work of Chava Rosenfarb

Online Culture Course

Wednesdays, January 10, 17, 24, and 31, 2024, 7:00–8:30 p.m. ET

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Chava Rosenfarb (1923–2011), a major Yiddish novelist, essayist, and short story writer, was one of the few writers to compose fiction about the Holocaust in Yiddish. Her works remain essential reading on World War II-era and postwar Jewish life. After beginning her literary career by writing poetry in the Lodz Ghetto, Rosenfarb endured Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen and lived in a Displaced Persons camp before settling in Montreal, where she spent the rest of her literary career.

Join the Yiddish Book Center’s Sebastian Schulman, Rosenfarb’s daughter and translator Goldie Morgentaler, and other special guests to delve into Rosenfarb’s short stories, essays, and novel excerpts, while considering questions of translation, literary portrayal of genocide and atrocity, and the challenges of being a woman Yiddish writer.

All sessions are held live via Zoom. Recordings will be available to all registrants. This course is designed for a general audience. No knowledge of Yiddish is required. All readings will be in English.

Cost: $75 for Yiddish Book Center members and $100 for nonmembers.


Take a closer look at Chava Rosenfarb's collected short stories, In the Land of the Postscript: The Complete Short Stories of Chava Rosenfarb, translated by Goldie Morgentaler (White Goat Press, 2023). This book will be a recommended reading for the course. 

You may also be interested in viewing our teaching resource kit on Chava Rosenfarb.

Registration is now closed. Learn more about our next online culture course, The Global Journey of Yiddish Literature with Ilan Stavans