I experienced many memorable moments during my tenure as the editor of the Forverts, but my first day at work is especially etched in my memory.
An old Jewish judge who refuses to open his eyes - just one of the touching images he describes about his shtetl, Rashkev.
Among Karpinovitch’s most memorable characters is Tall Tamara, the Jewish streetwalker who refused the Nazis‘ command to undress.
Documentary: The Lithuanian-born master storyteller describes scenes of her girlhood in vivid detail.
Before World War II, the town of Bălţi (in Yiddish, Belts, not to be confused with Belz in Galicia) in the Romanian, formerly Russian, province of Bessarabia, was not different from thousands of shtetls of Eastern Europe. What was exceptional, though, was that it largely retained its Jewish character during the 1950s and ’60s, when it became part of the Soviet Socialist Republic of Moldova. After World War II, Moldova, which was annexed by the Soviet Union from Romania in 1940, had the highest proportion of Yiddish speakers among all Soviet republics.
Amid circulation and financial pressures, the print version of the Yiddish Forverts will soon appear only biweekly. But its website will relaunch as a daily with more content and new features.
A version of this post originally appeared in the Forverts
A version of this post appeared in Yiddish here.
A version of this post appeared in Yiddish.