Ukraine SIG #Ukraine The Yiddish Speakers Who Stayed Behind: Rural Ukraine, Moldava, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia #ukraine

Jan Meisels Allen

Researchers >from Indiana University, linguist Dov-Ber Kerler and historian
Jeffrey Veidlinger interviewed almost 400 elderly Yiddish speakers in
Eastern Europe. AHEYM, the archives of Historical and Ethnographic Yiddish
Memories at Indiana University explores Jewish life in Eastern Europe
before, during and after World War II. The interviews -all in Yiddish were
conducted in small towns in Ukraine, Modava, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia.
The interviews focus on the following areas: language, religious customs and
beliefs, songs, and Holocaust testimony. The interviews also provide a
unique insight on how ordinary Jews experienced the 20th century.

While the archive is not yet complete, there are some online exhibits where
one can search by person, location and subject. See: . You can browse by category at: Categories include:
daily life, foodways, Jewish Life Between the Wars, religion and ritual,
songs, poems and prayer, World War II and the Holocaust and Jewish Life
After World War II.

The interviews have not been translated into English and may be heard in the
original Yiddish. There are lists of topics covered and the time on the tape
that have been translated into English. If you go to online exhibit and
select any person, there is in English information about the person and the

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee