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Lecture Series: "The Romance and Tragedy of Soviet Yiddish Culture" with Professor David Shneer

Lecture Series: "The Romance and Tragedy of Soviet Yiddish Culture" with Professor David Shneer

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The Romance and Tragedy of Soviet Yiddish Culture is a downloadable lecture series by Professor David Shneer. In 1919, the new Soviet state named Yiddish the “official language” of Soviet Jewry. To this day, Yiddish is still one of the state languages of Birobidzhan, the Jewish Autonomous Region of Russia. In the intervening years, Soviet Jewish culture-makers produced some of the most avant-garde, creative forms of Jewish culture anywhere in the world. At the same time, the Soviet state that had empowered them ended up destroying them and their culture, person by person, institution by institution. These lectures examine the romance of radical Yiddish culture and the tragedy that destroyed many of the most creative minds of that culture.

This product includes:

  • Lecture guide with suggested reading list
  • Lecture 1 - "The Early Years of Soviet Yiddish Culture (1919-1930)"
  • Lecture 2 - "Stalinism and Yiddish Culture (1930-1941)"
  • Lecture 3 - "Yiddish During and After the War (1941-1953)"
  • Lecture 4 - "From Heymland to a Non-Jewish Jewish Autonomous Region (1953-present)"
  • MP3 versions of each lecture for listening on-the-go

Altogether, this product includes approximately 260 minutes of video.

Once you order this product, you will receive an email from "Yiddish Book Center Store" with a link to download the lectures, as well as a separate emailed receipt. The link may be used up to three times before it expires, and each file can be downloaded up to three times.

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David Shneer is the Louis P. Singer professor of Jewish history, chair of the Department of Religious Studies, and professor of history, religious studies, and Jewish studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. Called “path-breaking” by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Shneer’s award-winning book, Through Soviet Jewish Eyes: Photography, War, & the Holocaust, looks at the lives and works of two dozen World War II military photographers to examine what kinds of photographs they took when they encountered evidence of Nazi genocide on the Eastern Front. His other books include Queer Jews, finalist for the Lambda Literary award, Yiddish and the Creation of Soviet Jewish Culture, finalist for the National Jewish Book Award, and New Jews: The End of the Jewish Diaspora, which has sparked discussion in publications like the Economist and the .

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