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A Yiddish World Remembered (DVD) - Item# SHA DV 0997

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A Yiddish World Remembered looks back at the all but vanished Jewish way of life that existed in Eastern Europe before World War II. Through never before seen archival films, vintage photographs, traditional cantorial and Klezmer music, and personal recollections, once vibrant cities and small towns (shtetls) come alive again. The few remaining eyewitnesses share their compelling stories about life in the poor but close knit communities where rabbis settled disputes, yentas gossiped, boys dedicated themselves to learning, and humor pervaded every aspect of life.

The film explores everything from the fascinating language of Yiddish, the style of dress, and the traditional foods to the vibrant cultural, religious and political life that in Poland alone could support 24 Yiddish language dailies.

Bonus Extra created especially for this DVD: A 40 minute program of vintage home movies and period newsreels from the 1930s depicting intimate scenes of daily life in the small towns of Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia, including vibrant color film of Warsaw's Jewish Quarter, a festive seven day wedding celebration that drew over 20,000 people, street marketplace scenes of book sellers, fruit vendors, cattle traders and much more.

Seen nationally as a PBS special .

Winner of an Emmy Award for cultural programming.

"A marvelously distilled document of a lost way of life." --Wall Street Journal

"First rate - enjoyable and informative."--Chicago Jewish Star


Narrated by Elliot Gould
100 minutes
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