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“And now I have to read in Jewish something"

Yiddish performances by Holocaust survivors

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Part of a series of Yiddish-related programs, this special evening features writer and scholar Jeffrey Shandler exploring Yiddish in the testimony of Holocaust survivors.

Tickets $10.
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Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center
9603 Woods Drive
Skokie, IL 60077

Ticket questions? Call 312.322.1773.
Knowledge of Yiddish is not required.

What happens when Holocaust survivors perform in Yiddish while recording videos of their life stories? The USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive — the largest collection of videotaped interviews with Holocaust survivors — includes hundreds of interviews conducted entirely or partially in Yiddish. During dozens of these recordings, survivors sing a song or recite a poem in Yiddish. 

Join Dr. Jeffrey Shandler to view interview excerpts featuring some of these remarkable performances. Explore survivors’ powerful commitments to demonstrating the creative power of Yiddish in the midst of recalling widespread destruction. 

Dr. Jeffrey ShandlerDr. Jeffrey Shandler is Professor of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University. Among other titles, he is the author of Adventures in Yiddishland: Postvernacular Language and Culture, a study of contemporary Yiddish culture and, most recently, Holocaust Memory in the Digital Age: Survivors’ Stories and New Media Practices. Shandler’s translations of Yiddish literature include Emil and Karl, a Holocaust novel for young readers by Yankev Glatshteyn.

Image at left

Eva Schloss, a survivor of Auschwitz-Birkenau, being interviewed in 2015 for the USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive.

Pop-Up Program Series

Yiddish Yesterday and Today

Presented by the Chicago Adult Jewish Learning Initiative, a partnership of local Jewish organizations spearheaded by Spertus Institute and JCC Chicago with funding from the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.

For centuries in Jewish communities in Europe and beyond, Yiddish was a key part of life. Today new generations are fostering a Yiddish renaissance, exploring how Yiddish impacts Jewish culture and their own Jewish lives.

Whether you grew up reading the Forverts or are nu to all things Yiddish, this series offers something for you.

A Bintel Brief: The Dear Abby Column of the Forverts
Thursday, May 10 - 11:00 am
At Oakton Community College in Skokie
Free. Reserve your spot > 

“And now I have to read in Jewish something”: Jeffrey Shandler on Yiddish performances by Holocaust survivors
Tuesday, May 22 - 7:00
At the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie
$10. Reserve your spot > 

Itzik’s Midrash: Bridging Past and Present through Modern Yiddish Literature
Wednesdays, May 30-June 13 - 7:00 pm
At the Hilton Garden Inn in Evanston
$30 for all 3 sessions. Reserve your spot > 

Episodes 1 & 2 from the Israeli TV Series Shtisel: Screening and Discussion
Tuesday, May 29 - 7:00 pm
At the Mayer Kaplan JCC in Skokie
$10. Reserve your spot > 

Sing-along Fiddler on the Roof
Thursday, June 7 - 7:00 pm
At the Skokie Theatre
$10. Reserve your spot >

The Quarrel: Screening and Discussion
Tuesday, June 12 - 7:00 pm
At the Mayer Kaplan JCC in Skokie
$10. Reserve your spot >

Television and Film Screenings (in blue above) presented with JCC Chicago.

Purchase all 3 screenings


  • Chicago Board of Rabbis 
  • Chicago YIVO Society 
  • CJE: Senior Life 
  • Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center 
  • JCC Chicago 
  • Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago 
  • Mordecai M. Kaplan Center for Jewish Peoplehood 
  • Oakton Community College, Jewish Studies Concentration
  • OROT 
  • Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob Synagogue 
  • Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership 
  • Temple Beth Israel