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“If You Want to Really Appreciate Him, Teach Yourself Yiddish”: Itzik Manger & How I Started with Yiddish

Joanna Nalewajko-Kulikov, chair of the Polish Association for Yiddish Studies, gives the background of what inspired her start with Yiddish.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

Larry Rosenwald

Larry Rosenwald—professor of English at Wellesley College, translator and translation theorist/critic—was interviewed by Christa Whitney on December 20th, 2018 at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Larry was raised in Glencoe, outside of...

2018-12-20

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

Celebrating Itzik Manger, Beloved Yiddish Writer

A selection of stories and reflections about Itzik Manger

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אונטער דער זון

נאדיר, משה

Unṭer der zun

Nadir, Moishe, 1885-1943

[Tel-Aviv] : Perets, 1966

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library

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Delving Into the Life and Work of Itzik Manger

Part of The Shmooze Podcast Series

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A Focus On: Itzik Manger

Read about Itzik Manger's career and experience his poetic voice.

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Harriet Bonfeld

Harriet Bonfeld, educator and daughter of Yiddish poet and journalist Leon Feinberg, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on October 29, 2010 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Harriet speaks briefly of her father's background gro...

2010-10-29

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

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The Megile of Itzik Manger

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From the Yiddish Book Center's Frances Brandt Online Yiddish Audio Library (in Yiddish)

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Megileh-lider by Itzik Manger

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From the Yiddish Book Center's Steven Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library, published in 1936 (in Yiddish).

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Memories of Chaim Grade, Avrom Sutzkever, and Itzik Manger

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Benjamin (Binyomen) Harshav, z"l, professor emeritus at Yale University, remembers how his father taught writers Chaim Grade and Avrom Sutzkever Jewish history—and recounts an infamous story about Itzik Manger.

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Chana Mlotek

Chana Mlotek, z"l, renowned musicologist and folklorist specializing in Yiddish music, theatre, and poetry - was interviewed by Hankus Netsky on August 15, 2011 at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York City. Chana's parents were both fro...

2011-08-15

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

Robert Epstein

Robert Epstein, former educator, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on April 5, 2011 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Robert begins his interview with a brief overview of his family's settlement in the United States. Robert's ...

2011-04-05

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

A Yiddish Trick

Robert Epstein, educator, tells a story about how he convinced Yiddish speakers to think he was fluent by memorizing a poem.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

Sarah Gordon

Sarah Gordon - lead singer for Yiddish Princess, a Brooklyn-based Yiddish-language rock band, and daughter of Yiddish singer Adrienne Cooper - was interviewed by Christa Whitney on August 25, 2011 at KlezKanada in the Laurentian Mountains of Canada. ...

2011-08-25

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

Theo Bikel and Mike Burstyn: Avi Hoffman Reflects on His Mentors

Avi Hoffman, actor, reflects on his role models who became his colleagues in Yiddish theatre. He particularly remembers going to see his very first Broadway play as a young boy and the thrill of getting to meet Mike Burstyn, one of his acting heroes.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

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1000 Essential Yiddish Books

A guide to the 1000 most essential Yiddish books in our collection

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October 2019: Handpicked

Madeleine (Mindl) is the director of translation and collections initiatives at the Yiddish Book Center. After delving into her selections, scroll down to read a short interview with Mindl about her choices.

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Yiddish in Nature: An Anthology of Newly Translated Work

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Yiddish Children's Literature

The Noah Cotsen Library of Yiddish Children's Literature comprises 800 titles, including works by major Yiddish writers and Yiddish translations of classics.

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"We Had to Forge Our Link Ourselves": A New Generation of Yiddish Theatre

Motl Didner, associate artistic director of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, speaks about the mixed blessing of working in the Yiddish theater without having been trained by its native participants: on the one hand, his actors lack the native...

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts