“History”

Review

Review of: Benny Mer, Smocza: A Biography of a Jewish Street in Warsaw

Meirav Reuveny

The history of Smocza, a Jewish Street in Warsaw, is not the story of the world-renowned figures, but rather of every person who ever lived or died there, including those who are lost to our collective memory.

Blog

The Bund by the Numbers: The Ebbs and Flows of a Jewish Radical Party

Joshua Meyers

The Jewish Labor Bund was a major force in Russian Jewish life, expanding the political arena to be more democratic in nature and driving the creation of a new political and economic discourse in Yiddish. So I was shocked to learn that in 1910, the Bund had a mere 609 members—down from approximately 35,000 five years earlier. The speed with which the Bund and other Jewish political parties in the Russian Empire could rise, fall, and rise again reflects the pressures the community was under, resulting in both sober caution and daring, desperate dreams.

Interview

Listening to Sylvia’s Children: A response to Briv funem Arkhiv: Letter from Sylvia Schneiderman to Itche Goldberg

Amye Rubinschneider

Amye Rubinschneider interviews her mother and aunt in response to Josie Naron's blog post about a letter from their mother, Rubinschneider's grandmother, a teacher fired during the Red Scare.

Interview

The Promise and Peril of Digital Research in Yiddish: An Interview with Gerben Zaagsma

Elena Hoffenberg

Elena Hoffernberg interviews Gerben Zaagsma about his path to studying Yiddish in the Spanish Civil War; the potency and the frustrations of digital research; and the future of digital studies and Yiddish.

Pedagogy

Beyond Fiddler: Teaching Representations of Jewish Eastern Europe on Film

Sarah Ellen Zarrow

Sarah Zarrow discusses and reflects on her course "Representing Jewish Eastern Europe in Film" in which she asks students to think historically about the images of Jewish life in Eastern Europe, using films as primary sources that speak not only to a historical reality of their subject matter, but that also to the ideology and historical circumstances of the filmmaker and of Jewish life in the time and place the film was made.

Interview

Communicating Jewish History in Poland Today

Madeleine Cohen

POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews was decades in the making and now tells the thousand year history of Polish Jews in the old heart of Jewish Warsaw. 

Article

'Before the bow that was drawn': The Vilna Komitet and its documentation of the destruction of Polish Jewry, 1939–1940/41

Miriam Schulz

Translation by Joshua Price and Miriam Schulz

A translation of the introduction of Miriam Schulz's recent book, Der Beginn des Untergangs: Die Zerstörung der jüdischen Gemeinden in Polen und das Vermächtnis des Wilnaer Komitees ("Before the bow that was drawn": The Vilna Komitet and its documentation of the destruction of Polish Jewry).

Texts & Translation

קאָמיטעט צו זאַמלען מאַטעריאַלן װעגן ייִדישן חורבן אין פּױלן, 1939. ביולעטין נומער 3

Committee for the Collection of Materials on the Destruction of the Jews in Poland, 1939. Bulletin no. 3

Translation by Joshua Price

A bulletin produced by the Vilna Komitet in 1939, included in Miriam Schulz's recent book, Der Beginn des Untergangs: Die Zerstörung der jüdischen Gemeinden in Polen und das Vermächtnis des Wilnaer Komitees ("Before the bow that was drawn": The Vilna Komitet and its documentation of the destruction of Polish Jewry), presented here in a new translation. 

Blog

Amerike – The Golden Land is Yiddish in Form, Nationalist in Content

Tova Benjamin

Tova Benjamin on seeking authenticity at the theater.

Texts & Translation

די ייִדישע יוניאָנס אין אַמעריקע

The Jewish Unions in America

Bernard Weinstein

Translation by Maurice Wolfthal

Bernard Weinstein's memoir recounting the history of Jewish labor unions in the United States.

Texts & Translation

פּאָגראָמען אין אוקראַיִנע : די צײַט פֿון דער פֿרײַװיליקער אַרמײ

The Pogroms in Ukraine: the Period of the Volunteer Army

Nokhem Shtif

Translation by Maurice Wolfthal

Excepts from Nokhem Shtif's accounts of pogroms in Ukraine during the Russian Civil War.