Sunday, August 26, 2012

A Project That Explores The Life, Not Genocide, Of Forgotten European Jewish Communities

The following is an audio report on the Helix project led Rob Adler Peckerar, the executive director of Yiddishkayt, a non-profit Yiddish cultural organization.

Peckerar's project takes a unique approach in introducing Jews to pre-WWII Jewish communities, as described by Nina Porzucki in her article Jewish American Students Reimagine Yiddish Europe:
Instead of visiting concentration camps and mass graves like many conventional Jewish student tours this summer, Peckerar took eight students to the hometowns of Jewish poets and novelists. This was a tour more about life than genocide.
Here is the audio:

Porzucki provides a loose transcript of the audio -- the audio also includes English and Yiddish recitations of poems by Morris Rosenfeld and Moyshe Kulbak.

Here are some photos from the trip:

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