“What Hitler couldn’t take away from us with his hatred, America won’t take away from us with her goodness.” Elliott Palevsky reflects on why his Holocaust-survivor parents insisted on raising their children in a Yiddish-speaking household in America.
We are mourning the loss of Theodore (Theo) Bikel, z”l – actor, musician, and activist who entertained and inspired a generation – who passed away last month. Here he reflects (in Yiddish) on what inspired him to start performing Yiddish music.
Zol zayn purim! (Let it be Purim!) Leo Weitzman remembers how the yontef (holiday) was celebrated in a displaced persons’ camp for the first time after the Holocaust.
What were the first days like after the end of World War Two and the Holocaust? Fania Brantsovsky remembers returning to Vilna from the surrounding forests where she had been a Jewish partisan.
Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimlett, curator of the newly-opened Museum of the History of Polish Jews, discusses how the museum works to strike a balance in presenting the 1000-year history of Jews in Poland.
Seventy-two years ago, on July 28th, 1942, occupants of the Warsaw Jewish ghetto organized an armed resistance, eventually leading to an uprising almost a year later. Hear Moishe Rosenfeld recall how they used to commemorate the historic date at Camp Hemshekh, a socialist Yiddishist summer camp.
I am still busy recording amazing stories from Yiddish writers and scholars here in Israel. Leading Israeli historian Israel Bartal remembers the presence of Eastern European culture and Yiddish language in his childhood in Tel Aviv, then Palestine.