3 2019

Singing and Laughing against Hitler: Soviet Yiddish Culture of World War II

2:00PM - 4:00PM  

Kiever Synagogue 25 Bellevue Avenue
Toronto, ON


With Dr. Anna Shternshis / Lecture

Based on recent discovery in the Ukrainian National Library and accompanied by multi-media performance, this lecture will discuss how Yiddish speaking Jews made sense of World War II as it unfolded in the Soviet Union. Created by women, children, refugees and Red Army soldiers, these simple songs and jokes provide a unique perspective of people who lived through the darkest era of modern Jewish history.

Anna Shternshis holds the position of Al and Malka Green Professor of Yiddish studies and the director of the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto. She is the author of two books and the creator of the internationally-acclaimed project “Yiddish Glory.”