Yiddish Film

Produced in Poland and America, Yiddish film captured the diversity and richness of the Yiddish-speaking world.

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Though the world of Yiddish film was largely destroyed by the Holocaust and the decline of Yiddish in the United States, it would demean these films to see them purely as nostalgia of a lifestyle that is no more. In addition to helping today's Jews reflect back on their roots, these films provide insight into the richness of another cultural world.

And some of these films are available to today's viewers. Films of the early years were produced on flammable nitrate stock and disintegrated as the years passed. A large collection of Yiddish films was preserved and transferred to safety film by the Rutenberg and Everett Yiddish Film Library of the National Center for Jewish Film and is available for contemporary viewers from: ncjf@brandeis.edu.

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Paula Weiman-Kelman

Paula Weiman-Kelman is a freelance documentary filmmaker living in Jerusalem.