Interviews

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Ironic Inversions: Rare Soviet Yiddish Songs of WWII

Hannah Pollin-Galay

At the international symposium “Global Yiddish Culture: 1938-1949,” singer-songwriter Psoy Korolenko and Professor Anna Shternshis brought to life lost Yiddish songs of the Holocaust in an all-new concert and lecture program.

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Digital Futures: The Great Hope of Yiddish OCR

Saul Noam Zaritt

Refoyl Finkel talks to In geveb about making digitized Yiddish texts searchable.

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Alternative Futures of the Past: An Interview with Daniel Kahn

Emma Morgenstern

Daniel Kahn talks about his musical influences, how all of his languages interact with each other in his songs, and what it means to “tradapt” a song across languages and time.

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Dreams and Technicalities: Birobidzhan Reimagined in Song

Saul Noam Zaritt

Listen to a contemporary rethinking of Birobidzhan, the longed-for but mostly imaginary Jewish territorial project.

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Questioning the Authentic: An Interview with Zisl Slepovitch of Litvakus

Emma Morgenstern

Zisl Slepovitch of the band Litvakus on klezmer, gathering stories, and growing up in Belarus.

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"We Should Not Create Enemies": Europe's Refugee Crisis and Yiddish Song

Sonia Gollance

Austrian shepherd Hans Breuer on driving refugees across the border, and getting famous for singing Yiddish songs.

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Anti-fascist Yiddish Song: Shneer and Eisenberg on Lin Jaldati

Erin Faigin

Lin Jaldati was a secular Dutch Jew who brought Yiddish music to communist East Germany. Now, Jewlia Eisenberg and David Shneer are reviving her music and investigating her revolutionary life.

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Bad Jews Making Good TV: An Interview with Yidlife Crisis

Diana Clarke

Jamie Elman and Eli Batalion on language politics in Montreal, Jewish comedy, and making pop culture in Yiddish.

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“Nothing’s of use to me, except this little song”: Norbert Hirschhorn Reimagines Yiddish Song

Saul Noam Zaritt

A new volume of poetry that re-imagines Yiddish folk song as confession, political protest, and playful soundscape.

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