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Looking back upon the Eastern European Jewry

20.6.2010

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The YIVO

Encyclopedia of

Jews in

Eastern Europe

The only resource of its kind, this encyclopedia provides the most complete picture of the history and culture of Jews in Eastern Europe from the beginnings of their settlement in the region to the present. This Web site makes accurate, reliable, scholarly information about East European Jewish life accessible to everyone: 40 audio recordings — Yiddish musical theater, davening, klezmer bands, even excerpts from wedding services and badkhan (jester) routines; 70 video clips — of outdoor markets, urban and shtetl scenes, brass bands, schools and summer camps; and 192 documents — letters and notes from the greatest Yiddish writers, historical figures such as Leon Trotsky, ration cards from the ghetto, and dozens of photographs and holiday cards, almost as if written from your great-grandparents to the children they never met.

An example.

Jewish student members of the Sejmist Party who gave lectures

at courses for workers, Polotsk (now in Belarus), 1906.

FOLK SONGS

IMAGES

MAPS

DOCUMENTS

Jewish Wedding.

Most of the documents are in Yiddish or Russian

SOURCE: http://www.yivoencyclopedia.org/

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