Monday, March 11, 2013

Yiddish sound archives

  1. Voices of the Holocaust.
    In 1946, Dr. David P. Boder, a psychology professor from Chicago's Illinois Institute of Technology, traveled to Europe to record the stories of Holocaust survivors in their own words. 32 Yiddish interviews.
    • Ukrajner: Jozef Ferber fun Brode, 33 yor. Jozef, 45, Drogobyč, ober redt pojliš. Dr. Jakov Wilf fun Lembarg, ober red pojliš, 45.
    • Vaysrusiš litviš: Henje Fridman fun Pinsk, 33 yor.
    • Litviš! Ajzik Ostland, Labūnava/Telše, 30. Rejner litvak, borux hašem: [ale m'ener] uav.
    • Fraim Gutman, 29 yor. Fun Ukrajne, oder hob gelebt in Kovne. Rejn «suvałker» jidiš: [fun litviner, vełxen hubn gelebt mit zej a hundert toj jorn varen] uav.
    • Romaniš: Smuel Isakovič, 18. Ester Serras (Besarabje), 36.
  2. Holocaust Oral History collection. Cool archive, weak catalog. Includes 1008 audios in Hebrew, English, Yiddish and maybe some more languages, but they are not tagged, so one cannot select materials by language, but have to check the language of the interview in a full description of each file. Bloody inconvenient for linguistic purposes. All interviews are equipped with transcription (pdf of typewriter's scan).
  3. AHEYM. «The Archives of Historical and Ethnographic Yiddish Memories (AHEYM — the acronym means "homeward" in Yiddish) is a linguistic and oral history project that includes Yiddish language interviews with approximately 380 people, most of whom were born between the 1900s and the 1930s. The interviews were conducted in Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Hungary, and Slovakia between 2002 and 2012.»
  4. Watch and listen in I'd underline Frances Brandt's project of interviews.

  5. LCAAJ exists. Language and culture atlas of aszkenazic Jewry. Here are some materials, including dialect sound samples (very poor on line).

  6. Dos yiddish kol. Internet radio. Modern and authentic. Didn't try it yet. Let me know if it's good.

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