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Published on Oct 4, 2017
For decades, Leyvik House – the Tel Aviv locale of the Association of Yiddish Writers and Journalists in Israel – was the center of Yiddish cultural life in the Jewish State.
In this moving documentary, based on interviews conducted during a time of transition – the early 1990s – writers and journalists Mordechai Tsanin, Yitschak Brat, Rivke Basman Ben-Haim, Yente Mash, Itzhak Luden and others reflect on their first years in Israel and particularly, how they managed to print Yiddish books and newspapers during the Zionist movement's assault on mame-loshn.
This documentary is one of ten in which acclaimed Yiddish writers of the pre-war generation speak openly about their lives. The films (in Yiddish with English subtitles) were directed by award-winning writer and former Forverts editor Boris Sandler and produced through the Forward Association as a DVD series called "Monologues of Yiddish Writers".