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When These Streets Spoke Yiddish


When These Streets Spoke Yiddish

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This site brings together primary documents, essays, timelines, and photographs (some interactive) concerning Jewish life in Eastern Europe.
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Date Added to MERLOT: July 04, 2006
Date Modified in MERLOT: August 19, 2015
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Submitter: Joseph White


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Language: English
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10 years ago

Joseph White (Faculty)

I attended a three-day seminar at the YIVO Institute, one of the focuses of which was the application of this Web site to the classroom. Although this site specifically deals with East European Jewish history and Yiddish culture, it could be used effectively in Western Civilization, advanced European, and other college courses, especially for courses that touch on the Holocaust or Eastern Europe. Among the site's many features are careful timelines, interactive maps(especially useful for tracking changes in East European political geography and the emigration of Jews to North America), as well as numerous photographs culled from YIVO's massive archives. One point our seminar addressed is that the Institute grants permission for fair-use photographic reproduction from the site, provided that credit is given to the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. One of the site's most remarkable features, located in Places/Lublin, is a walk down Lubartovka Steet, which is not only interactive but provides translations of Yiddish and Polish signage. Audio files of Yiddish music and poetry are also included, as well as many translated documents.

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The site is user friendly, but some features are counterintuitive (be sure and click on the tiny icons in the upper lefthand corner for browsing). Teachers should immediately click on the "For Teachers" link, which provides an extensive, seven-part curriculum guide downloadable for free in PDF.
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