Monthly Archives: September 2012

BBC Radio documentary on Yiddish

Click here to access this interesting documentary from 2008.

Dennis Marks travels to New York to discover what has become of Yiddish and how much of the language survives today.

On the Lower East Side, where many Jewish migrants first came to live, he finds a musical and theatrical tradition which once supported a dozen Yiddish theatres on 2nd Avenue.

He hears from the publisher of The Forward, once the world’s most popular Yiddish newspaper, but which is now in seemingly terminal decline.

And he explores the enormous influence of Yiddish culture on American life, its literature and its comedic tradition.

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Personal accounts of persecution and genocide by the Nazi regime (BBC archive)

These BBC programmes and documents chart the reactions and personal testimonies of some of those who witnessed the Nazis’ “Final Solution”.

Interviews, journals and documentaries starkly convey the realities of the camps. Survivors recount their experiences of the genocide and its continuing legacy.

This collection also illustrates the shock felt by the liberators and how the atrocities were revealed by UK broadcasters.

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Exam Queries

As you know, the written exam will be some time in the assessment period at the end of semester 1 (as this is timetabled by the exams office, I don’t have the exact date yet). We will talk through the exam in some detail in week 12. Before leaving any queries here, please remember that there is a list of Exam FAQs on blackboard (in the Assessment folder). That resource is likely to have everything you need. Feel free to bring any additional queries here.


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Yiddish Sources

This site is very useful:

Yiddish Sources is a portal for anyone who is interested in Yiddish and Yiddish Studies. It is part of the WWW Virtual Library History Central Catalogue.

The information on this website is arranged in three main sections: reference, research and events. A new addition is the Yiddish Studies Bibliography, which lists relevant scholarly literature in the field of Yiddish Studies.

Yiddish sources is a work in progress and new content is regularly added. It is easy to stay updated by email, using our RSS feeds or by following us on Twitter and Facebook.

Registered users can create a personal list of bookmarks and leave comments.

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USHMM Bibliography

The following bibliographies were compiled to guide readers to materials on various Holocaust-related topics. They list only materials that are in the collection of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) or available via the World Wide Web. They are not meant to be exhaustive. In most cases, annotations are provided to help the user determine each item’s focus.

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Extensive Bibliography in Holocaust Studies

Lisiak, Agata Anna; Vasvári, Louise O.; and Tötösy de Zepetnek, Steven. “Bibliography for Work in Holocaust Studies.” CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture 11.1 (2009):

This is an extremely extensive bibliography for Holocaust Studies.

Click here to access the full bibliography document (links to pdf file)

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