16 August: Yiddish Guerrilla Histories

16 August 2023, 8 pm

History is written by the powerful. But what happens when the powerless insist on preserving and interpreting their own experiences: sharing them in secret gatherings, publishing them in underground newspapers, and burying the archives in milk cans for survivors to read? What does it mean to write collective and creative chronicles in a language with no army or navy? What makes our stories into histories?

Yiddish Guerrilla Histories will dig up and translate a few of these defiant acts of memory from 1914 to 2023, including poems, songs, and sagas, and share them with a trustworthy audience.

Reading and presentation in English and (translated) Yiddish

With special guests Sarah Silberstein Swartz and Zohar Weiman-Kelman, as well as Berlin’s own Guli Dolev-Hashiloni, Katerina Kuznetsova, Michaela Kobsa-Mark, Jake Schneider, Ro van Wingerden, and Janina Wurbs

Featuring the Yiddish writings of Rokhl Oyerbakh, Anna Margolin, Malka Lee, Leyb Kvitko, and Irena Klepfisz, Yente Mash, and Chava Rosenfarb, plus some music

A project of Yiddish.Berlin, curated by Jake Schneider

Mareschstraße 1
12055 Berlin-Neukölln (Rixdorf)

Free admission, donation to support the presenters encouraged