The Thirst for the Yiddish Word: Publishing Jewish Books in Communist Poland


Date: Thursday, March 7, 2024
Time: 12:30 pm EST
Location: Online
Speakers: Rachelle Grossman

book cover imageWhat stories can a book tell us beyond the words on its pages? In the aftermath of the immense destruction to Polish Jewry wrought by the Holocaust, Jewish cultural activists went to enormous lengths to rebuild. In this talk, Dr. Rachelle Grossman will tell the surprising story of Yiddish books published in postwar Poland. Using the unique holdings of the HUC Klau Library collections, this talk will focus on the efforts of Yiddish publishers working under communism to reclaim a literary heritage and chart a new direction for the language and culture.