The Shmooze: The Yiddish Book Center's podcast

Writing the Story of Franya Winter

Meryl Frank visits with The Shmooze to talk about her recently released book, Unearthed: A Lost Actress, a Forbidden Book, and a Search for Life in the Shadow of the Holocaust. Unearthed is the story of Meryl’s search for details about the life and untimely death of Franya Winter, a renowned actor in prewar Vilna. Through archives across four continents, chance encounters and miraculous discoveries, and the shocking truth recorded in the pages of a forbidden book, Meryl conjures a history of hatred, resistance, and the rogue spirit of her cousin—her beauty and her tragedy.

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