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"The Destiny of a Poem"

By Itzik Manger, translated by Murray Citron. The poet on his poetry, and its tragic effect. Illustration from 1954's Don't Forget—Don't Forgive! Upon the 11th Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

Part of Pakn Treger articles

Evening in the Woods, 1876, Worthington Whittredge

Baal Shem

By Itzik Manger, translated by Murray Citron

Part of Pakn Treger articles

לידער : מיט א פארווארט פון איציק מאנגער

זשיכלינסקי, רײזל

Lider miṭ a forṿorṭ fun Itsiḳ Manger

Zychlinsky, R, 1910-

Ṿarshe : Pen-bikher, 1936

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library

Reciting Itzik Manger’s Poem, “Afn Veg Shteyt a Boym (By the Road Stands a Tree)”

In this excerpt from our short film, "Leonard Nimoy’s Mameloshn: A Yiddish Story," Leonard Nimoy–Jewish actor most well-known for his role as Spock on the Star Trek science fiction series–recalls Itzik Manger’s poem, “Afn Veg Shteyt a Boym (By the Ro...

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

Reciting Itzik Manger From Memory

Moshe Fiszman—z"l, Holocaust survivor from Radom, Poland—recites a poem and short story by Itzik Manger from memory and remembers hearing Itzik Manger recite his poems in person.

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

Where? Why? What Does it Mean?: The Depth of Itzik Manger's Poetry

Jack Wolofsky, co-founder of KlezKanada, reflects on Yiddish poet Itzik Manger, and what his writing reveals about the Jewish psyche.

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

Memories of Chaim Grade, Avrom Sutzkever, and Itzik Manger

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.

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

Laughter Through Tears: Itzik Manger

Leonard Wolf

Part of Yiddish Book Center Recorded Programs

Updating the Poetry of Itzik Manger

Poet and translator Murray Citron shares an example of a time when he felt justified in rewriting one of Itzik Manger's poems, although he's confident the new English translation maintains the playful spirit of the original.

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

Going to Coney Island with Itzik Manger

Norman, son of the Yiddish writer Leon Feinberg, remembers when Itzik Manger (the writer and close family friend) bought him a lollipop on a trip together to Coney Island.

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

One Foot in Shushan, One in Warsaw: Reflections on Manger's Megillah

Motl Didner, associate artistic director of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, speaks about his love for Itzik Manger's "The Megillah of Itzik Manger," a play that blends the classic Purim story of the Book of Esther with the anti-semitic reali...

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

Driving Under the Influence of a Yiddish Poem

Poet and translator Murray Citron shares the story of how he discovered Yiddish poetry and translated his first work, "Eve and the Apple Tree" by Itzik Manger.

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

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

Norman Feinberg

Norman Feinberg - retired college professor of music at Mercy College and youngest son of the late Leon Feinberg, Yiddish poet, author of many books, and regional editor for the Yiddish paper Der Tog - was interviewed by Christa Whitney on October 28...

2010-10-28

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

שרייבער און ווערק אין ליכט פון פסיכאאנאליז

סאפאזשניקאוו, גרשון

Shrayber un ṿerḳ in likhṭ fun psikhoanaliz

Sapoznikow, Gershon

Tel-Aviv : Y.L. Perets, 1969

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library

Naomi Says "God of Abraham"

Poet and translator Murray Citron reads "Naomi Says 'God of Abraham,'" his translation of Itzik Manger's "Nomi zogt got fun avrom."

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

"Saturday Night was like a Salon at Our House": Growing Up in the Feinberg Household

Harriet Bonfeld, educator and daughter of Yiddish poet and journalist Leon Feinberg, describes a typical social gathering with her parents' friends, Yiddish "intelligentsia" from Itzik Manger to Chaim Grade.

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

“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

Avi Hoffman

Avi Hoffman, actor, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on March 12, 2013 in Boca Raton, Florida. He grew up in the Bronx, part of a group of Yiddishist families who raised their children surrounded by Yiddish language and culture. His father survived...

2013-03-12

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

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