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The Aegean Sea, ca. 1877, Frederic Edwin Church

Memory of Three Lake Victoria Flamingos

By Avrom Sutzkever, translated by Maia Evrona.

Part of Pakn Treger articles

To a Friend

By Avrom Sutzkever, translated by James Nadel. The legend of a medieval religious book, in poetic form.

Part of Pakn Treger articles

My Mailman

by Avrom Sutzkever, translated by Maia Evrona

Part of Pakn Treger articles

Am I Seeing, from a Speeding Train...

By Avrom Sutzkever, translated by Maia Evrona. A poem by the master of Yiddish modernism.

Part of Pakn Treger articles

An Answer to a Letter

By Avrom Sutzkever, translated by Zackary Sholem Berger. Epistolary prose from the master of Yiddish poetry.

Part of Pakn Treger articles

No sun, no rays

An excerpt from Lider fun togbukhby Avrom Sutzkever, translated by Zackary Sholem Berger

Part of Pakn Treger articles

"You Have Not Betrayed Me Since the Day We Met" and "You Olive Tree in the Night"

Two poems from Avrom Sutzkever's "Diary" translated by Maia Evrona. Illustration is one of Sutzkever's self-portraits from this volume.

Part of Pakn Treger articles

The Art of Memory

Ruth Wisse

March 01, 1994

Part of Yiddish Book Center Recorded Programs

The Eternity of Vilna

Ruth Wisse

March 01, 1994

Part of Yiddish Book Center Recorded Programs

The Modern Poet

Wisse, Ruth R., 1936

March 01, 1994

Part of Yiddish Book Center Recorded Programs

Working in An Aquarium: Modern Yiddish Culture in the Academy

Marc Caplan - Professor of Yiddish Literature, Language, and Culture at Johns Hopkins University - describes two modern settings of Yiddish: Haredish communities and academia. He uses poet Avrom Sutzkever's analogy of an aquarium to describe the role...

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

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Justin Cammy on Avrom Sutzkever’s From the Vilna Ghetto to Nuremberg

Part of The Shmooze Podcast Series

"I Asked Permission to Take a Piece of Grass”: Visiting Ponar

Jordan Kutzik, translator and Yiddishist, describes his emotionally harrowing trip to Ponar, the site of a mass murder of Jews during the Holocaust. During the trip, he remembered Avrom Sutzkever's poem, “A Blade of Grass from Ponar”.

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

Ed Colker

Ed Colker, artist, designer, and teacher, was interviewed by Nina Pick on June 26, 2017 in Mt. Kisco, New York. Ed's father, mother, and grandmother emigrated to the United States from Ukraine and eventually settled in North Philadelphia. His father...

2017-06-26

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

Learning Yiddish to Sing It

Sara Klompus, singer and Yiddish enthusiast, contemplates her relationship to the songs she sings, and how she's committed to understanding them with the help of other Yiddish speakers and self-discovery throughout her career as a Yiddish singer. In ...

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

Christa Whitney

Christa Whitney, director of the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, was interviewed by Lesley Yalen on October 12, 2010 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Christa grew up in a small town outside of San Francisco. ...

2010-10-12

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

Learning Yiddish Folk Songs From Jewish Partisans

RIta Katz, Holocaust survivor born in Smorgon, Belarus, explains how Jewish partisans including Avrom Sutzkever and Shmerke Kaczerginski taught her Yiddish folk songs, and shares part of one she remembers.

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

Grand Central for Holocaust Survivors in Brooklyn

Elliott (Elye) Palevsky – former CEO of River Garden senior services and child of Yiddish-speaking former partisan fighters – describes his childhood home. His small Brooklyn apartment became a center for Yiddish life, hosting meetings and even Avrom...

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

Avrom Sutzkever in coat and hat looking down with text on left

A Celebration of Avrom Sutzkever's Yiddish Poetry

Virtual celebration of Avrom Sutzkever's poetry in conjunction with the San Diego International Jewish Film Festival

Part of Pages

Miriam Isaacs

Miriam Isaacs, linguist and professor of Yiddish, was interviewed by Pauline Katz on December 26, 2010 at KlezKamp in the Catskills Mountains of New York State. Dr. Isaacs begins the interview discussing her family background. Her mother was from th...

2010-12-26

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project