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Focus On National Poetry Month
In celebration of National Poetry Month, we're spotlighting selections that speak to the beauty, power, and diversity of Yiddish poetry.
“Six Lines” in Seven Translations: The Craft of Translating Yiddish Poetry (virtual program): Reading, discussion, and musical performance of Aaron Zeitlin’s poem “Zeks shures” (“Six Lines”)
Handpicked Lisa Newman
Lisa is the Yiddish Book Center's director of publishing and public programs. She's chosen her selections to coincide with our 2021 Decade of Discovery theme of Yiddish and Social Justice. "I’m continuing to mine the collections," she tells us, "and learning that there’s so much to discover and consider."
Reading Yiddish Literature in a Time of National Reckoning, A Panel Discussion Moderated by Rachel Rubinstein
This discussion reveals how Yiddish writers grappled with racial injustice in America—taking on slavery, lynching, segregation, and everyday casual racism as literary subjects.
Di yunge—A Group of American-Jewish Literary Rebels
I'm always curious to learn more about the ‘rebels’ of Yiddish literature so I was excited to find this talk in English by Ruth Wisse in our Frances Brandt Online Yiddish Audio Library. The talk is full of rich detail about the writers, their world, and how it all informed their work—and one gets a sense of the how they wrestled with and debated about their writing.
Pogrom Literature and Collective Memory
Former Yiddish Book Center fellow Sarah Quiat's article about Rokhl Faygnberg’s A pinkes fun a toyter shtot (khurbn dubove) (Chronicle of a Dead City: The Destruction of Dubove) recalls a devastating 1919 pogrom in Dubove community. Sarah’s article touches on so many aspects of history, memoir, and collective memory.