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0:00 - Introduction 0:37 - Polina Discusses Her Family Background and the Hardships of Her Parents' Childhoods

Keywords: 1940s; 1941; accordion; Adyesa, Russia; ancestors; Ashkenazi Jews; aunt; Babi Yar; Babi Yar massacre; Babiy Yar; Babyn Yar; bayan; deprivation; family background; family history; family stories; father; grandparents; Kazakhstan; Kiev, Russia; Kiev, Ukraine; Kiyev; Kyiv; mother; music; musician; Nazis; Odesa; Odessa, Russia; Odessa, Ukraine; parents; Poland; Siberia; Siberia, Russia; The Republic of Tatarstan; war veteran; World War 2; World War II; WW2; WWII

5:40 - Polina Reminisces On The Communal Lifestyle She Experienced Growing Up in the Soviet Union

Keywords: Brezhnev, Tatarstan; childhood home; childhood house; communism; Communist Party; ethnic backgrounds; ethnic diversity; last names; Naberezhnye Chelny, Tatarstan; Novosibirsk, Russia; school; Siberia; Soviet schools; Soviet Union; surnames; Tomsk, Russia; university lecturer; university life; university students; USSR

10:42 - Polina Discusses Otherness, Ethnic Identity, and Discovering Klezmer Music

Keywords: 1980s; adolescence; anti-Semitic; anti-Semitism; antisemitism; college; concerts; cultural identity; cultural life; ethnic background; ethnic difference; ethnic identity; growing up; Jewish community; Jewish culture; Jewishness; Judaism; Kazan, Tatarstan; klezmer music; multiethnic family; music; music school; otherness; passports; secondary school; teenage years; youth club

16:10 - Fighting For Yiddish Culture and the Painful Realization of Its Marginality

Keywords: Adrienne Cooper; anti-Semitism; antisemitism; Ashkenazi culture; classical music; cultural heritage; cultural identity; cultural roots; ethnic identity; Hebrew music; Israeli music; jazz music; Jewish conference; Jewish culture; Jewish festivals; Jewish Music Institute; Judaism; Kazan, Tatarstan; klezmer band; klezmer music; Limmud; London, England; marginality; minority; music performance; perestroika; pop music; rock music; role models; Russian choirs; Russian music; Russian songs; Yiddish culture; Yiddish music; Yiddish songs

21:26 - The Secular Jewish Community of Kazan and Its Clash with the Chabad Movement

Keywords: Chabad; Chabad Lubavitch; Communist Party; community center; dietary laws; father; Hava Nagila; Havah Nagilah; Jewish institutions; Jewish lifestyle; Jewish organizations; Judaism; kashres; kashrus; kashrut; kashruth; khabad; klezmer band; klezmer music; kosher; minyan; minyen; Naberezhnye Chelny Jewish community; Orthodox Judaism; religion; religious disputes; religious practices; Russian Jews; secular Judaism; singer; Soviet Jewish mentality; Soviet Jews; synagogues; Yiddish choir; Yiddish music

25:30 - Polina's Years as a Student of Classical Music and a Young Performer Touring Internationally

Keywords: academia; academic; Britain; classical music; college; education; England; four-year college; higher education; husband; Jewish music; Jewishness; Kazan State Conservatory; klezmer; klezmer music; music history; music performance; music school; music student; music studies; music theory; musical artist; musicology; performer; piano; Russian folklore; secondary school; Simcha band; singer; Tatar folklore; touring; U.K.; university; Yiddish music; Yiddish songs

29:12 - Polina Describes the Positive Attitude Towards the Yiddish in Kazan

Keywords: Jewish community; Jewishness; klezmer band; klezmer music; krekhtsen (groans/whines); learning Yiddish; native Yiddish speakers; Nechama Lifshitz; Nehama Lifshits; older generation; traditional singing; traditional songs; traditional Yiddish music; Yiddish classes; Yiddish language; Yiddish memories; Yiddish singer; Yiddish songs; Yiddish speakers; Yiddishkayt; Yiddishkeit; yidishkayt; yidishkeyt

33:02 - Polina Lists Her Musical Influences and Mentors, From Mozart to Adrienne Cooper

Keywords: "A yidishe mame"; "Mayn yiddishe mame"; "My Yiddishe Mama"; "My Yiddishe Mame"; "My Yiddishe Momme"; accordion; Adrienne Cooper; aunt; clarinet; classical composers; classical music; Crimea; Dmitri Shostakovich; family; folk songs; Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre; Frank London; grandfather; Gustav Mahler; Hebrew music; husband; Israeli music; Johann Strauss II; Klezfest; klezmer music; Lawrence Glamberg; Leonid Sonts; Merlin Shepherd; mother; music; musical influences; musical instruments; musician; piano; Richard Wagner; Russia; Saint Petersburg, Russia; Simcha band; singer; St. Petersburg; theater songs; Ukraine; vinyl records; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Yevpatoriya; Yiddish Book Center; Yidstock festival; youth band; Zalmen Mlotek

40:35 - Polina Recounts Some of Her Most Meaningful Performances Around the World

Keywords: Avinu Malkeinu; Avinu Malkeynu; choir; classical music; Hebrew music; Hebrew song; husband; Iceland; klezmer music; krekhtsen (vocal ornamentation used in klezmer music); Merlin Shepherd Quartet; Murcia, Spain; musical artist; musical performance; musician; performer; prayer; professional singer; São Paulo, Brazil; Simcha band; singing technique; spiritual experience; varnishkes; varnitshkes (filled dumpling); Yiddish songs; Yiddishkayt; Yiddishkeit; yidishkayt; yidishkeyt

48:29 - Polina's Thoughts on Using Music to Connect to Yiddish

Keywords: activism; activist; breaking boundaries; choir; cultural assimilation; cultural revival; cultural transmission; cultural trends; education; fashion; folk songs; Klezfest; klezmer music; live music; music; musical performance; musician; performer; recording music; Yiddish culture; Yiddish music; Yiddish revival; Yiddish speakers

56:25 - The Difficulties of Teaching Yiddish Music

Keywords: Ashkenazi Jews; cultural revival; Holocaust memory; Jewish culture; Jewish stereotypes; live performance; mentor; mentoring; musician; teacher; teaching; Yiddish culture; Yiddish music; Yiddish singers; Yiddish stereotypes

60:18 - Polina Reflects On What Brings People To Yiddish

Keywords: Ashkenazi Jews; cultural trends; disco music; family history; fashion; German Jews; heritage; individuality; Israeli Jews; Jewish culture; Jewishness; Judaism; klezmer; klezmer in Israel; klezmer revival; London, England; marginality; parents' language; reasons for learning Yiddish; Safed, Israel; socialism; socialist; Soviet Union; Tzfat; U.S.; United States; waltz; Yiddish choir; Yiddish concerts; Yiddish in America; Yiddish in Europe; Yiddish in Israel; Yiddish music

67:55 - Polina Shares Her Thoughts On The Future of Yiddish

Keywords: future of Yiddish; Jewish culture; Khayke Beruriah Wiegand; London, England; musical performance; musician; Oxford University; sharing culture; singer; svive (environment); University of Oxford; Yiddish choir; Yiddish culture; Yiddish in England; Yiddish in London; Yiddish language; Yiddish revival; Yiddish songs; Yiddish speakers

69:45 - Polina Shares Some Notable Stories and Gives Advice to Aspiring Artists

Keywords: 1990s; advice; aspiring artists; Boris Yeltsin; Communist Party; future generation; Merlin Shepherd Quartet; music; musical performance; niggun; niggunim; nign; nigun (melody); nigunim; Podolia, Ukraine; Russia; Tatar culture; Tatarstan; Tumbalalaika; Ukraine; Ukrainian folk culture; Yiddish performance; Yiddish songs