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Becoming Soviet Jews: Interview with Elissa Bemporad

On June 16, 2013, Elissa Bemporad spoke at YIVO about her new book, Soviet Jews: The Bolshevik Experiment in Minsk (Indiana University Press), a case study of the Sovietization of Jews in the former Pale of Settlement. The book reveals the ways in which Jews acculturated to Soviet society in the 1920s and 1930s. Read more…

Yiddish with Footnotes: Vilna 1913
by Maurice Wolfthal

One hundred years ago there appeared a scholarly journal – complete with footnotes, bibliographies, and a page of errata at the end – that was revolutionary in two ways. Der pinkes: Yohrbukh far der geshikhte fun der yudisher literatur un shprakh, far folklor, kritik, un bibliografye (Annals: Yearbook for the History of Yiddish Literature and Language, Folklore, Criticism, and Bibliography), volume I, was a weighty academic tome that was written in Yiddish. And its object of study was Yiddish language and culture. Read more…

Di Nyu yorkerin: Yiddish New York Begins 2014
by Sarah Ponichtera

As is appropriate for this time of year, we’ll begin with a look back and end with a gaze ahead. The annual conference of the Association for Jewish Studies met in Boston in mid-December, featuring several panels on Yiddish topics, including Yiddish in the twentieth century, and new views of the modern Yiddish canon. Read more…

The YIVO Library in 1964: Interview with Dina Abramowicz
In this broadcast from October 11, 1964, head librarian Dina Abramowicz talks about some of the highlights in the collections of the YIVO Library. The program also includes a discussion about a lunch at YIVO given in honor of a conference at the Leo Beack Institute. Read more…

From the Pages of Yedies

In March 1977, Yedies included this short article about books in the YIVO Library by one very prolific author, Jonah Kreppel, reportedly the writer of 100 novels, as well as other works. His output included detective novels, no known examples of which were extant at the time the article was published. Read more…

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