I DO RECALL: Yiddish Literature of the Holocaust with Dr. Sheva Zucker


18th April 2023 at 20:00 CET

Picture: Urszula Chowaniec

Commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, Sheva Zucker discusses Yiddish poetry and war. Among analyzed poems are Yankev Glatshteyn’s “A gute nakht, velt,” (Good Night, World), Celia Dropkin’s only known Holocaust poem, “Shvere gedanken,” (Heavy Thoughts), Kadya Molodowsky’s iconic “Eyl khanon,” (Merciful God), Eli Wiesel’s Babi Yar, and more, all recited by the authors themselves.

We will use the voices and texts of Sheva Zucker’s book and recording The Golden Peacock: The Voice of the Yiddish Writer BILINGUAL as a basis for discussion. As an introduction to this event, we will have a chance to see a concise projection by Gabi von Seltmann. It is a video about Warsaw’s Great Synagogue – a symbolic reconstruction. The Great Synagogue was one of the last buildings destroyed by the Germans in the Ghetto. A glass high-rise is now located where the synagogue once stood.

About the Speaker: 
Dr. Sheva Zucker is the author of the textbooks Yiddish: An Introduction to the Language, Literature & Culture, Vols. I & II, published by the Workmen’s Circle and currently teaches many courses for the Workers Circle and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in Yiddish Language, Literature and Translation. She served as the executive director of the League for Yiddish and the editor of its magazine Afn Shvel from 2005 to 2020. The event is moderated by Urszula Chowaniec. 
More info about Urszula: https://cudzoziemki.weebly.com/

The event is held in English. Free entrance.

The event is organized by Paideia folkhögskola, Paideia – The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden in collaboration with Jewish Community Stockholm and the National Language Center for Yiddish at The Swedish Institute for Language and Folklore (ISOF).

Registration is obligatory by April 16th.