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The Stations That Spoke Your Language:
Radio and the Yiddish American Cultural Renaissance

Symposium: September 6-7, 2012
Montpelier Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave., SE
Washington, DC

Webcasts of this event are now available via the Schedule page

Zvee Scooler
Zvee Scooler (1899-1985)
was one of the foremost personalities in Yiddish radio. Known as "Der Grammeister" ("The Master of Rhyme"), he presented weekly news editorials written in verse. He also did straight news and acted in radio dramas.

On Thursday, September 6, and Friday, September 7, 2012, the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress presented a free public symposium on The Stations That Spoke Your Language: Radio and the Yiddish American Cultural Renaissance. Leading Yiddish language and culture experts joined media scholars and Library of Congress specialists to address Yiddish radio in America: its history and cultural impact, its continuing influence on American media, and its multifaceted legacy. The symposium marked the Center's recent acquisition of the Henry Sapoznik Collection of more than one thousand historic Yiddish radio broadcasts from the 1920s through the 1950s, and is presented in collaboration with the Hebraic Section of the Library's African and Middle Eastern Division.

Check back for updates to this site for presentation of the webcasts and photographs when they are available.

* To read about the Henry Sapoznik Collection, view the Summer/Fall 2010 issue of Folklife Center News, and go to page 17. [PDF, 24pp. 4.65MB]


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