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“And now I have to read in Jewish something"

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Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

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This special evening features writer and scholar Jeffrey Sandler exploring Yiddish and testimony of Holocaust survivors.

What happens when Holocaust survivors perform in Yiddish while recording videos of their life stories? The USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive — the largest collection of videotaped interviews with Holocaust survivors — includes hundreds of interviews conducted entirely or partially in Yiddish. During dozens of these recordings, survivors sing a song or recite a poem in Yiddish.

Join Dr. Jeffrey Shandler to view interview excerpts featuring some of these remarkable performances. Explore survivors’ powerful commitments to demonstrating the creative power of Yiddish in the midst of recalling widespread destruction.

Dr. Jeffrey Shandler is Professor of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University. Among other titles, he is the author of Adventures in Yiddishland: Postvernacular Language and Culture, a study of contemporary Yiddish culture and, most recently, Holocaust Memory in the Digital Age: Survivors’ Stories and New Media Practices. Shandler’s translations of Yiddish literature include Emil and Karl, a Holocaust novel for young readers by Yankev Glatshteyn.

This program is part of Yiddish Yesterday and Today, a series presented by the Chicago Adult Jewish Learning Initiative, a partnership of local Jewish organizations spearheaded by Spertus Institute and JCC Chicago with funding from the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.

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