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The Vanished World of Jewish Eastern Europe
A Yiddish World Remembered
looks back at the all but vanished Jewish way of life that existed in Eastern Europe before World War II. Through never before seen archival films, vintage photographs, traditional cantorial and Klezmer music, and personal recollections, once vibrant cities and small towns (shetetls) come alive again. The few remaining eyewitnesses share their compelling stories about life in these poor but close knit communities, where rabbis settled disputes, yentas gossiped, boys dedicated themselves to learning and humor pervaded every aspect of life.
The film explores everything from the fascinating language of Yiddish, the style of dress and the traditional foods, to the vibrant cultural, religious and political life that in Poland alone could support 24 Yiddish language dailies.
Run Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
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