[Mendele] Mendele Personal Notices & Announcements--IN MEMORY OF AVROM SUTZKEVER: A Public Program at YIVO in NY, Feb. 22

Victor Bers victor.bers at yale.edu
Fri Feb 19 12:10:46 EST 2010

Mendele Personal Notices & Announcements

Feb. 19, 2010

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Monday, February 22, 2010
6:00 p.m.  7:30 p.m.
at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
Admission: Free

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (February 12, 2010)

Avrom Sutzkever was a great Yiddish poet and a hero of the Jewish people. 
He was born near Vilna, spent most of his youth in the city, survived the 
Holocaust there, and then settled in Israel. From 1949 to 1995, Sutzkever 
edited the prestigious Yiddish literary journal Goldene keyt.

In the wartime ghetto, Sutzkever was drafted by the Nazis to work on a 
team sorting books from plundered Jewish libraries, including YIVO's; the 
most valuable of the books were to be shipped to an institute in Germany 
devoted to "Jewish studies without Jews," the rest destroyed. He and some 
of his colleagues, who were nicknamed the "Paper Brigade," risked their 
lives by removing rare books from the selection and burying them. After 
the war, he and others returned to Vilna to dig up their cache and send 
much of it to
YIVO in New York.

Avrom Sutzkever died on January 20. On the occasion of his shloyshim 
(one-month anniversary of his death), YIVO is holding a public program to 
pay tribute to his memory. Participants include:

Benjamin Harshav: Sutzkever's Poetry (Yiddish-English)
David Fishman: Sutzkever's Life (Yiddish)
Benjamin & Barbara Harshav: poetry reading (Yiddish-English)
Boris Sandler: a few words on behalf of the family of Yiddish writers
Hy Wolfe, Shane Baker & Barney Zumoff: poetry reading (Yiddish-English)
Adrienne Cooper: two songs by Sutzkever (sung in Yiddish)
Recording of Avrom Sutzkever reading one of his poems (Yiddish)
Recording of Dan Miron lecturing on Sutzkever (English)

The program is sponsored by the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, the 
Congress for Jewish Culture-CYCO, the Forverts and the Workmen's Circle.

Dr. Paul (Hershl) Glasser
Associate Dean, Max Weinreich Center
Senior Research Associate, Yiddish Language
pglasser at yivo.cjh.org

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
15 West 16 Street
New York, New York 10011
212-246-6080 (ph)
212-292-1892 (fax)

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