The Jewish neighborhood in Warsaw was denigrated as poor and dangerous but newspapers of the period reveal a diverse, dynamic Jewish community.
The Yiddish Forverts covered the Six Day War in part by focusing on the Israeli top military staff responsible for Israel’s surprising success.
In 1967, the Forverts’ Jerusalem reporter Leib Rochman wrote about the top generals fighting in the 1967 6 Day War.
Although the Forverts reported on the battle in April 1943, few people then understood the symbolic importance of Jewish resistance.
Between 1917 and 1923 the Forverts often printed the queries of European survivors who were left homeless and unemployed.
In 1925, Jewish housewives were being urged to buy Chinese ducks from Long Island because of their succulent fatty flesh.
The music of a pioneering Jewish label was destroyed on Kristallnacht. Now, the Semer Ensemble is trying to revive it.
Daniel Kahn’s unique genius lies in self-proclaimed ‘tradaptations,’ or translations and adaptations of songs across languages. None is more evocative than this Yiddish version of Leonard Cohen’s masterpiece.
One day, Jessye Stein, a computer teacher on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, was trying to persuade a student to return to his Lakota language class when the young man suddenly posed an unexpected question. “He asked me where I come from, where my people come from and what my ancestral language is,” she recalled. Stein, 24, told the student she was Jewish and that her ancestors spoke Yiddish. But that just prompted the next, obvious question: “He asked me if I could speak Yiddish,” she recounted. And when she said no, he accused her of being a hypocrite.
How Ruchie Freier overcame obstacles and worked within the Hasidic community to rise to a position of leadership and authority.